Birgitta festival

This year's festival is dedicated to maestro Eri Klas. He was always fond of ballet and there are two ballet performances in the festival programme.

10.08.2019 Ballet Gala

Artistic director Toomas Edur (artistic director of the Estonian National Ballet)

Anna Laudere and Edvin Revazov, Hamburg Ballet

Tiina Myllymäki and Sergei Popov, Finnish National Ballet

Alena Shkatula, Andrea Fabbri and Jevgeni Grib, Estonian National Ballet

Natalya Ogneva and Artem Khoroshilov, Grand Moscow Classical Ballet

Sassa Haruka and Dawid Kupinski, The Royal Swedish Ballet

Orchestra of The Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow

The graceful physical cognition of a dancer that fascinates the audience won't be born out of the dancer himself or herself only. At least half of the dancer's inspiration originates from music that in turn mediates the conductor's fragile sense of sound. Ballet was Eri Klas's great passion and throughout the times he conducted ballet performances all around the world.

11.08.2019 " Don Quijote"

Tbilisi Z Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre (Georgia)

Music Ludwig (Léon) Minkus
Stage Directors Nina Ananiashvili (artistic director of Tbilisi Z Paliashvili Ballet State Theatre) and Aleksei Fadejetshev
Set designer Vyatsheslav Okunev
Tbilisi Z Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre (Georgia)
Orchestra of The Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow

Nina Ananiashivi who has performed and directed on the most prominent stages of the world brings the beloved ballet Don Quijote to Birgitta festival. The honor and glory of Georgia, Ananiashvili has been named as one of the best ballerinas in the world. For the first time, the production staged by Nina Ananiashvili and Alexei Fadeyechev will be performed by Tbilisi ballet artists for Estonian audiences on August 11.

The ballet, flirting with Spanish sounds, is performed by soloists of Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre in the legendary ruins of St. Bridget's Convent. Ludwig Minkus, the Austrian-Hungarian author of the one of the most well-known piece of ballet music in the world, served for years as an official composer at the imperial theatres in St. Petersburg and Moscow, thus witnessing the beginnings of classical ballet. Marius Petipa himself created the inital choreography for numerous Minkus's works, including the one being performed in this year's Birgitta festival!