CULTURE

Malakhov and friends in spectacular dance gala

“As you know, I am a dancer; I feel awkward talking about dancing. It is easier for me to dance!» said Vladimir Malakhov at a press conference on Monday, just a few hours before returning to the Athens Concert Hall’s center stage to perform. Joined by six soloist dancers in a dance gala featuring 20th century choreographies, the celebrated Russian dancer said that he was particularly happy to dance alongside dear friends such as Julie Kent – a principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater. (Other soloists include 18-year-old Polina Semionova and 20-year-old Artem Shpilevsky, principal dancers of the Berlin State Opera.) The first part of the evening includes Christian Spuck’s «Grand Pas de Deux,» music by Gioachino Rossini; Ronaldo d’Alesio’s «Comme Neve al Sole,» music by Salta Cello; Gerald Arpino’s «Light Rain,» music by Doug Adams, and Renato Zanella’s «Voyage,» to music by Mozart. In the second part, the dancers will perform William Forsythe’s «In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated,» music by Thom Willem, which will be followed by George Balanchine’s «Pas de Deux» to music by Tchaikovsky; Kenneth MacMillan’s «Manon – Bedroom Pas de Deux,» music by Jules Massenet; Gerard Bombot’s «Adagio for Strings,» music by Samuel Barber; and David Parsons’s «Caught,» music by Robert Fripp. Performances take place tonight and tomorrow at the Athens Concert Hall, 1 Kokkali & Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, tel 210.728.2000.