Photo by Jake Nabutovsky
Ardani Artists was founded in 1990 by Sergei and Gaiane Danilian, two of the most innovative producers and impresarios of performing arts in the United States and abroad. In their longtime association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Ardani Artists has been integral in staging the Center’s 2006 Mariinsky Festival, which featured performances by the renowned Russian opera company, ballet and orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, as part of the Center’s 20th anniversary celebration and the opening of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Ardani Artists, again in association with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, commissioned and produced the first Kings of the Dance, Tour de Force I and II with many of the greatest dancers representing the leading ballet companies in the world, Reflections, which starred seven of the top prima ballerinas dancing on the world stages today, and Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion, which showcased the celebrated ballerina in several works, some created specifically for her. Beauty in Motion won three Golden Mask Awards, Russia’s prestigious National Theater Award: Best Ballet Event of the Season, for the production, Best Ballerina and the coveted Critics’ Choice Award. This was the first time in 15 years that the latter award was presented for dance. In 2011 Ardani Artists in collaboration with The Diana Vishneva Foundation produced another project “Diana Vishneva: Dialogues” for which received two “Golden Mask” National Theater Award as best Ballet production and Ms. Vishneva as Best Female Dancer. In addition to that Mauro Bigonzetti, one of seven choreographers of Reflections Project received “Golden Mask” Award as Best Choreographer for his ballet “Cinque”. In 2014 Ardani Artists will celebrate 20th Anniversary since company incorporated in United States of America. “Kings of the Dance” in London’s coliseum will be part of celebration program which also will include premiere of “Diana Vishneva: On the Edge” Project (California, Roubaix, Monte Carlo, Moscow and St. Petersburg), “Solo for Two” Project starring Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev (California, Moscow, St. Petersburg), American debut of the Mikhailovsky Ballet in United States (New York, California), “Polina Semionova & Friends” Project (California), Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo US Tour (California, New York), as well as Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg nine-week North-American Tour in Spring-Summer of 2015.