Who's Who in Kings of the Dance:
Sergei & Gaiane Danilian, Producers
Sergei & Gaiane Danilian have established themselves as successful producers and the most innovative pair of impresarios both in U.S. and abroad. Born in the Soviet Union, both graduated from Russian Academy of the Theater Arts where they met and subsequently married in 1984. After five years of working in varied drama theaters in Moscow, the duo founded Ardani Artists Management in 1990. Ardani Artists entered the North American market in 1994, by bringing the paramount treasures of performing arts from the former Soviet Union to the U.S. In 1998, the impresarios introduced American audiences to one of Russia’s foremost contemporary dance companies, Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Ardani Artists had successfully presented the Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet in 2002 U.S. tour; the Mariinsky Ballet of St. Petersburg was seen in four major U.S. and Canada tours between 2003 and 2008, produced under Ardani's umbrella.
The Danilians enjoy a longtime association with Orange County Performing Arts Center. This Southern California leading promoter of dance events and Ardani Artists had staged the 2006 Mariinsky Festival together, featuring opera, ballet and orchestra, as part of the Arts Center’s 20th Anniversary celebration and the opening of the new concert hall. They jointly co-produced the Kings of the Dance, the hit show of the U.S. dance season of 2006. The production was later presented in Russia at the Bolshoi, Mariinsky and Perm opera houses of in 2007. The six-city tour of major dance centers of Russia and Ukraine followed in 2008.
Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion is the second co-production of Ardani and Arts Center, premiered in February of 2008, had received three Golden Mask Awards, Russia's prestigious National Theater Award. Danilian's presentation of the work is up for Best Ballet Event of the Season and Ms. Vishneva as Best Ballerina for her performance in Beauty in Motion. But probably most important was Special Prize Critic's Choice Award, first time in 15 years history of Golden Mask Award presented to ballet production. In the spring of 2008 Ardani Artists brought Mariinsky Ballet for an unprecedented three-week season at the New York City Center, followed later in a year by three-week national tour and one week engagement at the Los Angeles Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Company projects include upcoming world tours for the Kings of the Dance, with brand new program and guest stars, and Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion. The second co-productions with OCPAC – a dance gala spectacular Tour de Force, scheduled for April 2011, and Reflection is also underway. New Ardani Artists roster for upcoming seasons include Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Berlin Staatsballett, Ballet Company of Mikhailovsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, as well as leading dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev.