What does Russian culture export to Europe? Not just classical opera and ballet brands. Russian historical heritage contributes its values that are of growing interest to the European cultural community. Amongst these include instilling dignity, compassion and spiritual subtlety. Who introduces these values into the greater European context? People who are trying to unite two great cultures.
The "Treasures of Russia" Charity Ball shall be held in Lausanne on October 28, 2017, at the aristocratic hotel Beau-Rivage Palace. Within its interiors, where the spirit of world history dwells, live Russian music will be played, and dancing couples clad in ballroom attire will converge on the polonaise to celebrate Russian culture and tradition. The event will include a bright dance and theater – musical program, a a cocktail, gala dinner and a charity auction.
The creators of the Ball are known under the modest title "Russian Nights in Switzerland". "We are seeking to become a kind of bridge linking the Russians and Europeans living in Switzerland. Even far from our Motherland, we preserve a versatile of Russian spirit, the joy of communication, the bright emotions. Our ally in this is the Russian culture and its finest artists, musicians and painters," remarks Zlata Smirnova, the founder of the project.
"Treasures of Russia" is the first Russian ball in Switzerland, reviving the tradition after a long break. Like all the events of the project, it will bring together people living in Europe who are deeply attuned to the Russian culture. Here, diplomats, businessmen,descendants of emigrants and artists will be able to convene and intersect in sharing and strengthen existing ties and forge new relationships that share in their love of Russian culture.
Ballroom at Beau Rivage Palace Hotel
The creators of the legendary Officers' Ball in Sevastopol Dmitry Platov and Ekaterina Grafodatskaya will be the official dance-masters of "Treasures of Russia" in Lausanne. Their concept of the ballroom accessibility means that every guest, regardless of their dancing experience, shall be able to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the classical ball and take an active part in it. Enthusiasts will be able to attend pre-arranged rehearsal classes. Mazurkas, waltzes, quadrilles – these beautiful dances will be brought to life at the Ball in the performance of a demonstration group under the live sounds of the orchestra. And guests will be able to join each dance.
In the Russian mind, the name of Konstantin Khabensky is inextricably linked not only to outstanding works in theater and cinema but also to the enormous scale and selflessness of charitable work. In Lausanne, the folk artist Khabensky will read excerpts from Russian classics to set the tone for the dance program, performing with the demonstration group the waltz from the ballet "Nutcracker” of P.I Tchaikovsky. The Ball will be used as a fund-raising platform to raise funds for children with severe illnesses.
The brilliant soloists of Russian opera and ballet will be the shining treasures of the ball. The enchanted soprano of the Helikon Opera Theatre Olga Tolkmit shall perform for the guests the arias of from the famous operas by Glinka and Tchaikovsky, as well as Rachmaninoff romances (Russian romantic songs (translator's note)). National Artist of Russia, cellist Boris Andrianov, the creator of the first ever Russian cello music festival "Vivacello" and the pianist Ksenia Bashmet, will also demonstrate their art.
The atmosphere of a classical ball, the Swiss high society, the participation of real Russian stars of Russian culture make the Great Charity Ball in Lausanne a non-trivial event which simply needs to be attended to give the soul a rush of genuine feelings and impressions.
Charity was and stay inherent part of Russian soul, one of fundamentals spiritual values and strengths or Russians.
One of the most interesting part of the evening will become a Charity Aucton. The charitable contributions of our guests and sponsors as well as the proceeds from the Ball auction shall be transferred to the account of the Foundation for helping children.