On June 10, 2017 Pattaya “Siam Bayshore Hotel” hosted a grandiose gala concert of the International Russian Ballet School “Rosinka” (“Dewdrop”) which is for many years in a row directed by Ms. Ekaterina Benderskaya.
It was not a routine annual concert reporting on the progress made by the famous ballet school students. This year the show was dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand which was reflected in the programme and stage direction of the concert. Classical ballet dances were mixed with traditional Thai and Russian folk dances performed by young female dancers.
The art of dance played and continues to play a special role in the Russian-Thai relations. Important chapters of historic interaction between the two cultures and the two nations were linked with the best Thai dancers’ performance at the court of Nicholas II, artistic work of Russian ballet star Vaslav Nijinsky in Bangkok theatres in early 20th century, the Mariinsky Ballet’s performance in Thailand organized upon the request of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit and annual participation of leading Russian ballet theatres in the Bangkok International Festival of Dance and Music.
Thais like Russian ballet and folk dance. “Rosinka” successfully represents our culture generously sharing it with Thai children and all dance lovers in this country. Currently the School has over 50 kids and teenage students – girls and boys from different countries including Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, US, Japan, South Korea, India etc.
Opening remarks were delivered by H.E. Mr. Kirill Barsky, Russian Ambassador to Thailand. Then 24 magnificent numbers were performed on the stage by “Rosinka” students and their friends from “Katyusha” Folk Dance Ensemble directed by Mrs. Ekaterina Alekseeva. The audience enjoyed both classical and contemporary dance performances as well as Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Uzbek and Gypsy dances. Each of them was welcomed with big bursts of applause. The “Rosinka” concert turned out a true feast of dance for the children, their parents, teachers and numerous spectators.