A dance troupe sponsored by Akzo Nobel is preparing to perform in front of royalty this week when they make an historic appearance at the world famous Bolshoi Theater in Russia.
Introdans, based in Arnhem, the Netherlands, has been sponsored by the company since the 1980s and this week's trip was already remarkable because it will mark the first time a non-Russian company has performed on the venue’s new stage.
But the visit has now been made extra special because the honorary guests on the first night will be HRH Princess Margriet—sister of Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands—and her husband Pieter van Vollenhoven.
The prestigious Moscow dates, on January 21 and 22, will take place in a specially refurbished annex of the 226-year-old Bolshoi—christened the New Bolshoi—where all performances are being staged for the next few years while the main theater undergoes an extensive USD 190 million renovation.
The Introdans program will feature Ed Wubbe’s Messiah, Nils Christie’s Fünf Gedichte, Ton Wiggers’ Palimpsest and David Parsons’ Caught. Ton Wiggers is the co-founder and artistic director of Introdans.
The dance troupe’s appearances in Russia are part of the Akzo Nobel and Introdans in Duet initiative, which was designed to help Introdans improve its international reputation by staging shows in three major cities in three years.
(Released: January 20, 2003)