On June 20, 2021, the Mikhailovskaya Battery square hosted the VIII Grand Sevastopol Charity Officers’ Ball “Symphony of the Future”. This year the ball marks two anniversaries: the 325th anniversary of the Russian Navy and the 115th anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich.
One thousand guests from different cities of Crimea and Russia participated in the event. They got to the ball by sea from the heart of Sevastopol, Grafskaya Quay, to the music of a military brass band. The monumental frigate “Chersonesus” , one of the six biggest sailing vessels in Russia, welcomed the guests with its scarlet sails at the roadstead of Sevastopol Bay.
The Ball traditionally held the unique Military Ballroom Parade, a solemn greeting ceremony of military and civil societies shaped in the stylistics of ballroom dancing. The plot featured a girl Raya who created a new symphony – the Symphony of the Future. Dmitri Shostakovich, a man of genious, a man of innovation, free and brave, gives her a magic flower that makes her dream come true and calls the great composers.
Like in a children’s game the symphony is created step by step, waltz by waltz, galloping across Europe with Peter the Great, with the support of Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov, Orpheus and Bard, the poet of ballads.The guests witness a city of future and fairy-tale garden of harmony. The Ball unfolded fairy-tale pictures where people teamed up with the Living Flower, the beautiful Spring and Snowflakes, the Squirrel from Buyan Island, the brave Nutcracker and devoted Mary, snow-white winged Pegasus, Scheherazade, the Blue Bird of Happiness, folklore Lel, the Soldier and the Ballerina; the picture where Catherine the Great leads a tour of the fantastic city of the future and where “our neighbor” Onegin settled in the newly created “Cheryomushky” designed by Shostakovich. The apotheosis was the performance of the Symphony of the Future, "written" by the collective author – all the participants of the ball and the characters of the Ballroom Parade.
The Ball musical programme this year has become especially powerful. It brought together the world famous compositions of Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Chopin, Strauss, Donizetti, Verdi, Delibes, Hopkins, Dvorak and many other brilliant authors. In the open air of the Mikhailovskaya Battery, great arias were performed by brilliant singers: the soloist of the Helikon-Opera Musical Theater Vitaly Serebryakov, the soloists of the Crimean State Philharmonic Dinara Khafizova and Dmitry Kostenko, the St. Petersburg singer Slavyana, Sevastopol vocalists Pyotr Smekodub and Artyom Fedorov.
The musical accompaniment of the Ball was created by the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Crimean State Philharmonic under the direction of maestro Alexander Dolinsky and the Military Brass Orchestra of the 127th separate intelligence brigade of the Black Sea Fleet under the direction of the military conductor, Major Oleg Palienko.
The choreographic incarnation of the Ballroom Parade characters was created by the soloists of the state ensemble “The Black Sea” Sergey Khrapin and Yana Kolmogorova, ensemble of the classic dance “Nadezhda” and its director and choreographer Yelena Olkhovskaya, a bright dancer Alexander Starodubtsev, a pantomime actor Vladimir Mashkovich and accordionist Alexey Batsyura. Vitaly Omelchenko , the actor of the Sevastopol Academic Russian Drama Theater named after A.V. Lunacharsky, was the conferencier of the evening.
ABOUT THE VII SEVASTOPOL BALL «VICTORY»
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THE BALL PROGRAMME AT THE MIKHAILOVSKAYA BATTERY
Military ballroom parade is a solemn greeting ceremony of the military and the civilian couples shaped in a ballroom dance stylistics. Every year the ball has its theme and a unique plot. In 2021 the ball is titled «Symphony of the Future» and is dedicated to the 115th anniversary of Dmitri Shostakovich.
An intensive dance programme awaits the guests: the music of the Symphonic Orchestra, the military orchestra parade, performances of opera and choreography stars, charity auction, gala dinner, ballroom games, fireworks and numerous surprises.
The feature of the Sevastopol Officers' Ball is that its principal characters are the participants. One of the key elements of the ball is its preparation, which itself becomes the cutest event. The main aim is to create an environment for communications, sense of community among the participants.
Every day over several months the team of professional choreographers teach the couples dances and social graces. Club-format rehearsals make representatives of various professions, cities and age groups the community of the upcoming ball.
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FEEDBACK AND GREETINGS
«Dear guests of the VII Grand Sevastopol Charity Officers' Ball «Victory»! I congratulate you with this long-awaited beautiful event! It is natural and symbolic that it is in Sevastopol, the hero-city of Russian glory, that this noble tradition of Russian balls is being revived. The Officers’ Ball has become one of the hallmarks of Sevastopol . Annually the number of participants increases, the Ball acquires new traditions. It is especially important that this year the Ball is dedicated to the Victory of our people in the Great Patriotic War. The military and civilian couples, like our valiant defenders of Motherland, get together in a dance. The dance in the Great Patriotic War was not just a dance — it was a means of survival. Special front-line concert brigades were created to maintain the spirit of the soldiers. Ordinary city residents during the war also did not stop dancing. And by way of dancing they expressed all their emotions, all their feelings!
I wish all participants of the VII Grand Sevastopol Officers' Ball preserve traditions and history of our great country — Russia! Let this event become the crown jewel of this year, this autumn, the 75th anniversary of Victory and the 180th anniversary of Pyotr Tchaikovsky».
Governor of Sevastopol, 2020
«The tradition of this splendid feat was founded seven years ago. Annually it hosts hundreds of guests from all-over Russia and from foreign states. Today the Sevastopol Officers' Ball is rightfully considered one of the most large-scale cultural events in Crimea reflecting the continuity of generations and eras. The choice of venue is not accidental. Historically Crimea has been of particular importance to Russia. Sevastopol is the symbol of Russian Fleet, officer’s honour, courage and heroism of our soldiers. Today, with the support of the state corporation Rostec, large-scale projects in the field of transport, energy, and social sphere are being implemented here.
This year the Ball is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory and the Day of the hero-city of Sevastopol. We celebrate the 180th anniversary of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his music will become the jewel of the ball. Such events, undoubtedly, develop not only the sense of beauty, but help preserve common historical, spiritual and moral values.
I wish the organizers, the participants and the guests of the VII Grand Sevastopol Charity Officers' Ball sunny mood, good luck and unforgettable encounters!».
General director of the State Corporation Rostec, 2020
«Historically, balls have occupied a special place in the cultural life of our country. And it is very important that your wonderful project celebrating its first jubilee revives old traditions. Over the past years the ball has become a significant event not only for the residents of Sevastopol and Crimea, but also has established itself as an awaited and desirable cultural event throughout the country».
Minister of culture of the Russian Federation, 2018
«Public support of cultural and patriotic traditions at all times was of paramount importance. Today is it also true.The event shows the importance of preserving cultural traditions, love to the Motherland. You have contributed a part of your soul in this grand-scale event, so let the Sevastopol Officers’ Ball be a memorable and inspiring event for each of you!».
Actor, director, chairman of the State Duma Committee of the Russian Federation for Culture, 2017
«From year to year this unique event gathers a lot of participants. the Ball revives the best cultural traditions of our country, it reminds us of the level of education and upbringing of a true Russian officer. I have no doubt that The Grand Sevastopol Charity Ball will become a memorable event in the cultural life of the country».
Head of Culture Department of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, 2016
«The Officer Corps has proved the significance of the Spiritual Culture expressing all power of kindness and creativity. It has shown that the Spiritual Culture is the Light, and the Darkness is the darkness of ignorance. The civil and the military are two parts of a single people with common cultural legacy, common feats and common joy. Let the Sevastopol Officers' Ball be a common cultural space, a bridge over the routine, over concerns and misunderstanding.».
Musician, political and public figure, 2015
September 27, 2020 the Mikhailovskay Battery held the VII Grand Sevastopol Charity Officers’ Ball “Victory!” dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War and the 180th anniversary of
P. I. Tchaikovsky. More than 200 officers’ and civilian couples from all over Russia took part in the event. More than 800 people gathered at the Battery. More information >>
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