Wednesday, September 22, 2010


First performances in North America of the Soviet Ice Ballet arrived at The Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia to preview their show for arena managers and local audiences creating fantastic reviews as highlighted in this Highlights Reel. The Great Russian Ice Show was produced by Bolshoi Enterprises, Inc. Tom Crangle, the national marketing director asked me to write and produce two commercials and a marketing video to send to arena managers through out the USA.

I designed the commercial announcements to capture the intimate details of the skater's actions during the show preparation and the curtain entrance. "My Work", "My Heart", "My Life" spoken in Russian for an American audience. It was cool. Three camera's were set up in the arena, one in the balcony for wide shots and one hand held for audience reactions between acts.

This production was fantastic. The artists were incredible. The choreography, the art of designing sequences of movements in which motion and form were totally original. The opening act was a ice ballet interpretation of Faust.

Faust is bored and disappointed. He decides to call on the Devil for further knowledge and magic powers with which to indulge all the pleasures of the world. In response, the Devil's representative Mephistopheles appears. He makes a bargain with Faust: Mephistopheles will serve Faust with his magic powers for a term of years, but at the end of the term, the Devil will claim Faust's soul and Faust will be eternally damned.

Mephistopheles helps him to seduce a beautiful and innocent girl, who is destroyed. However, naive innocence saves her in the end and she enters Heaven. However, Faust is irrevocably corrupted; when the term ends, the Devil carries him off to Hell.

For those of you who view this video, you'll be captured by true art on ice.

European Champion Igor Bobrin, a true ice master, one of the most innovative contributors to the world of figure skating, the king of exhibition skating and performer of world renown "Cowboy", "Paganini", and "Invisible Partner", united a group of like-minded skater friends. Olympic Gold Champions, Natalya (Natasha) Bestemyanova, and skating partner Andrey Bukin, joined Bobrin a year later and continue to star with the Moscow Stars on Ice.

The theatre's authentically original choreography, unique skating styles and complex dramatic compositions are celebrated around the world. Guest Star List includes many European, World, and Olympic champions. Among them: Elena Valova/Alexander Vasiljev, Irina Vorobjeva/Igor Lisovsky, Larisa Selezneva/Oleg Makarov, Marina Yeltsova/Andrey Bushkov, Marina Pestova/Marat Akbarov, Oksana Kazakova/Artur Dmitriev, Vladimir Kotin, Alexey Urmanov, Andrey Vlashchenko, Kira Ivanova.

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