World Ballet Stars
Sunday, 11 of June 2023
Théâtre du Léman, Geneva
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World famous
ballet stars


Gala with the principal dancers of the Paris Opera, the Royal Ballet of London, the Staatsballet in Berlin, the Bavarian State Ballet, the Hungarian State Opera and Dutch National Ballet.
This is the 8th edition of project «World Ballet Stars» by Geneva Dance Events Association aiming at bringing the most extraordinary world ballet stars to Switzerland.
As in previous editions, we offer our audience a program composed of masterpieces from the most famous classical ballets: «The Swan Lake», «Don Quixote», «Manon», «Flames of Paris», «The Talisman», «Grand Pas Classique».
13 Ballet Stars from 6 legendary Theatres in a stunning new program!
Not to be missed!


Hugo Marchand

Principal of the Paris Opera


• 2007 — After winning the First Prize at the CNR (national conservatory) in Nantes, he enters the Paris Opera Ballet School.
• 2011 — He joins the Paris Opera Corps de ballet.
• 2014 — Promoted to «Coryphée». Bronze medal at the Varna International Dance competition.
• 2015 — Promoted to «Sujet». Cercle Carpeaux Prize. AROP Dance Prize. Nominated for the Benois de la Danse Prize.
• 2016 — Promoted to «Premier danseur».
• 2017 — Benois de la Danse Prize, «Best dancer» category.
• 2018 — Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Arts & Culture.


• Following a performance of La Sylphide in which he perfoms the role of James on the stage of the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo (Japan) on March 3rd 2017, he is named «Étoile».
• As part of the Paris Opera Ballet’s official tours, he has performed in Spain (Madrid/ 2019), the United States (New York/ 2017), Japan (Tokyo/ 2017 and 2020).
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Dorothée Gilbert

Principal of the Paris Opera


• 2003 — AROP Dance Prize.
• 2004 — Prix du Cercle Carpeaux.
• 2005 — Promoted to «Première danseuse».
• 2006 — Leonide Massine award (Positano/Italie) and the Ballet 2000 award (Cannes).
• 2022 — Best choreographic performer award from the Syndicat professionnel de la Critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse.


• Dorothée Gilbert was named Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
• Dorothée Gilbert is made an «Étoile» on November 19th 2007, following a performance of The Nutcracker (Nureyev) in which she dances the role of Clara for the first time.
• As part of the Paris Opera Ballet’s official tours, Dorothée Gilbert has performed in Australia (Brisbane), the United States (San Francisco, Los Angeles), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasilia), China (Beijing, Shanghai), Russia (Moscow, Novosibirsk), Japan and elsewhere. (Tokyo), Spain (Madrid) and the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi).
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Daniil Simkin

Principal dancer at the Staatsballett (Berlin State Theater)


• Gold medal at the International Jackson Competition in 2006
• Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki in 2005
• Gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna in 2004
• Prize «Mikhail Baryshnikov» 8th International Ballet Competition «Arabesque» Perm, Russia in 2004
• Gold medal at the 7th International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg
• Grand Prix at the International Ballet Competition in Vienna in 2004


• Organization of International Ballet Gala Events in Greece 2009 and Japan 2012
• 2015 Cooperation with Joyce Theatre New York for own contemporary production «INTENSIO» (USA and international Guest Performances)
• 2017 Production of a multi-disciplinary dance installation at the Guggenheim Museum New York
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Fumi Kaneko

Principal of the Royal Ballet in London


• 2008 — Gold medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition
• 2009 — Silver medals at the Moscow International Ballet Competition
• 2010 — the USA International Ballet Competition.
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Vadim Muntagirov

Principal of the Royal Ballet in London


• 2006 — Prix de Lausanne Guest Artist
• 2011 — Outstanding Male Performance
• 2015 and 2018 — Best Male Dancer at the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards
• 2013 and 2018 — Benois de la danse Award
• 2021 — Dance Europe Outstanding Dancer Award
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Evelina Godunova

Principal dancer at the Staatsbalett (Berlin State Theater)


• 2006 — Finalist International Ballet Competition. Grasse, France
• 2009 — Best Dancer Award, Gold Medal Internazionale della Danza Spoleto, Italy
• 2010 — Participation USA International Ballet Competition
• 2011 — Finalist in International Ballet Competition Serge Lifar
• 2012 — Silver Medal Seoul International Ballet Competition
• 2013 — Special prize Beijing International Ballet Competition
• 2017 — Gold Medal and special prize Moscow International Ballet Competition


Participation in World Ballet Stars Galas all over the World: Italy, USA, Greece, Finland, Sweden, England, France, Spain, Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, South Korea, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico and Iceland
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Tatiana Melnik

Principal dancer of the Hungarian National Ballet


• International Ballet Competition, Moscow — 2nd prize (2013)
• International Ballet Competition 'Arabesque' - 3rd prize (2012)


In 2006 she graduated from the Perm State Choreographic School. From 2006 to 2013 she worked at the Moscow State Regional Theater «Russian Ballet», under the direction of V. M. Gordeev. Since 2013 she has been a soloist with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Musical Theatre. Laureate of the III Prize at the Arabesque International Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers (2012) and the II Prize of the International Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers in Moscow (2013). Since 2015 she has been the prima ballerina of the Hungarian National Ballet. Performs leading roles in Cinderella, La Bayadère, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and others.
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Arthur Shesterikov

Principal at the Dutch National Ballet

Artur trained in his hometown Perm at the State Ballet School, one of the top three ballet schools in Russia. He began his professional career with the Tchaikovsky Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre and joined Dutch National Ballet in 2007. Artur started out in the corps de ballet, but was rapidly promoted to coryphée, and to soloist in 2010. Immediately after a touring performance of Swan Lake in 2012, artistic director Ted Brandsen promoted Artur Shesterikov to principal dancer.


At Dutch National Ballet’s Gala in 2016, he received the Alexandra Radius Prize, which was presented to him by former ballerina Alexandra Radius. In 2017, 2019 and 2020, he received mentions in the category ‘Outstanding performance by a male dancer' in the Critics' Choice section of Dance Europe magazine.


Besides dancing most of the classical ballets, he has performed in works by choreographers like George Balanchine, William Forsythe and John Neumeier. He has also worked personally with choreographers like Hans van Manen, Natalia Makarova, Benjamin Millepied, Krzysztof Pastor, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Sir Peter Wright.

As a guest dancer, Artur has performed with several foreign companies and at various international ballet Galas.

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Elisabeth Tonev

Soloist at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam

Elisabeth Tonev was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.
Growing up in a Ballet family, she started her training at her parents studio and continued her education at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin, where she graduated in 2019. Elisabeth performed in classical productions with the Staatsballett Berlin, such as Alexei Ratmansky’s «La Bayadere» and Patrice Bart’s «Swan Lake».

In 2019 Elisabeth was invited to join the Company of the Dutch National Ballet as a Soloist.


In 2017 a winner of the iBstage’s OWPD Junior Prix what gave her the chance to dance a solo at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Spain.


Besides pieces from Van Manen, Elisabeth has performed solo roles in works by choreographers like Balanchine, David Dawson, Toer van Schayk, Rachel Beaujean, Ted Brandsen and more.

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Shale Wagman

First soloist at the Bayerisches Staatsballett

The canadian dancer Shale Wagman trained in Toronto and in Monte Carlo at the Académie Princesse Grace. His first engagement was with the English National Ballet in London under the direction of Tamara Rojo. Since 2015, Shale Wagman has repeatedly choreographed, including works for the Académie Princesse Grace, Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco and the Gala de Danza, Mexico.

He has been engaged by the Bayerisches Staatsballett since spring 2021 and was promoted to first soloist for the 2022−23 season.


Prix de Lausanne 2018 1st Prize (Gold Medalist, Rudolf Nureyev Foundation award for Artistry)
Youth America Grand Prix 2014 Junior division (Youth Grand Prix Award)
New Name to Watch and Spectacular Young Dancer in Dance Europe’s Annual Roundup


He was the youngest guest ever invited to perform in a principal role (James in La Sylphide) at the Mariinsky Theater.
He has performed in many gala performances, including the International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg Dance Open (2019) or the Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Ines Mcintosh

Soloist at the Paris Opera


2011/2012: Double curriculum at the Paris National Conservatory (CRR).
2013: Enters the Paris Opera Ballet School.
2019: Joins the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet.
2021: Promoted to «Coryphée».
2022: Promoted to «Sujet».

Repertory (soloist roles, entries to the repertoire, creations)

D’après Jean CORALLI et Jules PERROT
Giselle / Pas de deux des paysans, Deux Wilis 2022
Nicolas PAUL
Degas Danse / Ambigramme 3 — création (Musée d’Orsay) 2019
Don Quichotte / La Première Demoiselle d’Honneur 2021
La Bayadère / Manou, Quatre Petites / Deuxième variation des Ombres 2022
Flammes de Paris / Jeanne (Spectacle «Jeunes Danseurs») 2021

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Antonio Casalinho

First Soloist at the Bayerisches Staatsballett

António Casalinho was born in Leiria, Portugal, where he completed his ballet studies from the age of 8 at the Annarella Sanchez International Conservatory of Ballet and Dance, which follows the Cuban methodology of training. António Casalinho has been engaged as soloist at the Bayerisches Staatsballett starting with the 2021/22 season. With January 1st, 2023 Laurent Hilaire promoted him to First Soloist.


In 2021 the Prix de Lausanne double win of First Prize and Contemporary Prize.
In 2019 the Grand Prix at the Beijing International Ballet Competition.
In 2018 the Special Distinction Award in the Junior Category, the Emil Dimitrov Prize for Young Talent, Promising Young Dancer and the Bounty Award for the youngest round 3 competitor.
At YAGP he took the Grand Prix Award in the Junior and Senior category in 2016 and 2018.

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Dinu Tamazlacaru

Principal at the Staatsballett Berlin

Dinu Tamazlacaru started his first dancing steps in his born City Chisinau at the Moldavian ballet school under the direction of Jurie Gorshkov and professor Alexander Iwanov, from 1994 to 2000;
He improves his dancer’s formation two more years at the Ballet conservatory of Vienna supervised by Karl Musil, Evelyn Tery And Maxim Abzalov.


2001 — Gold medal of Australian ballet and dance contest and the gold medal of the international competition Arabesque at Perm.
2002 — Gold medal at the Prix de Lausanne


In 2012, his amazing ability of interpretation is recognized by one of the most prestigious price of Germany for an artist, the Daphné Price and wins the «Mr. Expressivity» at Dance Open.
His career is not limited to Germany but fully international in participating at many galas in all the world- Italy, Japan, France, Finnland, Swiss, Kasakstan, Russia, Romania, China, Mexico, United States, and gets invited for guesting to the main theaters of ballet world as Teatro Opera di Roma, Teatro communale Firenze Maggio Danza, Tokyo ballet, Mikhailovsky theater Saint Petersbourg, Opera National of Kazan, Ufa, Bucarest, Zagreb, Bratislava.
In 2009, he got also to dance in honor of the New Year Concert of Vienna, choreography of Vladimir Malakhov in live.

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Stars: Inès Mcintosh and António Casalinho
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Cesare Pugni

Stars: Elisabeth Tonev and Arthur Shesterikov
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Stars: Tatiana Melnik and Dinu Tamazlacaru
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Cesare Pugni, after a theme by Niccolo Paganini

Stars: Dorothée Gilbert and Hugo Marchand
Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan
Music by Jules Massenet



Make the most of your evening by booking your night at the iconic Beau-Rivage Hotel, facing the lake and located just a stone’s throw from the show. A special package is awaiting for you with 1 night + breakfast, upgrade to a superior room and 2 VIP tickets for the World Ballet Stars Gala!


Indulge yourself or reward your clients and employees with a special experience: The package includes invitation to the welcome drink at the VIP zone before the show and premium seats for the performance at the Théâtre du Léman.

Price CHF 249

The VIP package includes a chance to get to backstage and take photos with the Stars! On request:

Number of the packages is limited


One of the key goals of Geneva Dance Events is to inspire and grow local young dance talents, thus we actively work with ballet schools all over Switzerland, as well as encourage young audience to enjoy great productions by developing special offers for children.

You can get a 50% off discount on a ticket for a child under 12 years old.


Students and AVS can benefit from 30% discount (valid with the document).


Théâtre du Léman, Geneva Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève

About Us

Geneva Dance Events, a non-profit association founded by Vladimir Ippolitov in 2015, is aimed to develop and promote the art of ballet for contemporary audiences. Geneva Dance Events sets its mission as to share with an international audience its passion for classical and contemporary ballet, performed by the best dancers from world-famous theatres such as Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Royal Ballet in London, Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Grand Théâtre de Genève.

The association is dedicated to inspiring and promoting young dancing talents locally as well as fostering the development of ballet worldwide. Geneva Dance Events supports ballet and dancers around the world and as such part of the benefits obtained from ticket sales for its shows is donated to the artists in developing countries.

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