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24 09 2012
“Mysterious and exciting Israel”: The Armenian stars of the Israeli ballet

Luto_1Ludwig Ispirian and Albina Ghazarian came directly to the Israeli ballet from Armenia and they tell us how it feels to perform the leading roles in the classic ballet composition "Giselle".

Guy Baum 8.11.2011

Along with the increasing popularity of the ballet around the world and in Israel as well, the Israeli ballet is quite occupied and busy in performing around the country from Eilat to Nazareth, with a production of great praise to the classic masterpiece "Giselle".

The two leading roles in this work of art are performed by two of the "home dancers" of the company which arrived from Armenia in order to dance with the Israeli ballet. Ludwig Ispirian and Albina Ghazarian, both of them are 22 years old dancers that even studied together in the same dancing class at the national ballet school in Armenia.

How did you both get to the Israeli ballet?
Ispirian: "I reached it five years a go. I had a friend who was dancing in the Israeli ballet and he told me great stories and things about the company and the group. So then he gave them a film of mine and that is how they decided to invite me after a while. I saw the fact of arriving here as a great opportunity for new experiences and other things to experience in a country that looked to me as traditional and exciting".



Ghazarian: "I arrived here about a month a go, after hearing about the developed ballet creation here and of course about the Israeli ballet company and its unique style. Ludwig and I studied together from the first class in Armenia and he recommended to me to come to Israel and he also told me lots of very good things about the city and about the Israeli ballet company.

What kind of a role plays the classic ballet in Armenia, what is the difference between dancing in the national Armenian ballet to the Israeli ballet?
Ghazarian: in the national ballet school you have to dedicate your self totally to the work there. The work is really hard – training and working out all day long, rehearsals, classes and performances. There is almost no time for other regular school studies and that is why you have to do them all by your self. Sometimes you can feel like you're lost in all this mess."

Ispirian: first of all in Armenia we have a home that is the national theater – we perform always in the same place, our home, where people come to see us there. In Israel it's different because we're talking about a group and company that tours the country and the entire world. Every night during our shows the hall was full. In Armenia there is a longstanding tradition of classic ballet and recently they opened their minds also to modern ballet dance.

Luto_2In Israel and even in Russia, which is very well known for its classic ballet tradition, male ballet dancers are treated different and not just like having one other profession. How does Armenia "treat" the male ballet dancers?
"In Armenia there is a great deal of honor given to the classic ballet. Being a ballet dancer is really a much respected profession and it's a great honor to be a male dancer just like dealing with any other most respectful profession like a doctor or a lawyer. People really appreciate there everything that is about art and artists and they know it that being a ballet dancer is a profession that requires and demands huge efforts at least as any other high level profession.
The Israeli ballet company will be performing across the country with the classic work of art "Giselle", which tells about an adolescent girl who died because of her broken heart when her unfaithful beloved betrayed her and after her death she protects him from evil spirits.
Lead role in ballet is considered by many opinions as the parallel of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to the classic ballet. Despite her young age, Ghazarian shows quite an exciting range of dramatic abilities.

Albina, tell us how does it feel for you to do the lead part in "Giselle"?
Ghazarian: "I actually already started practicing the role of Giselle back in Armenia and when I arrived here only a month a go, I already received it to perform it. It really is one of the greatest and most thrilling roles to perform. In the scene where Giselle finds out that her beloved had betrayed her and she goes mad because of that, I actually can feel her madness in me and I really feel that I pull all my emotions out. It's an amazing experience. Besides this role I have plans about continuing dancing in the Israeli ballet in other principal and leading roles – like "Kitri" in "Don Quixote" ballet and in any other role that I'm willing and able to and will have the opportunity to do."

Ludwig, the rumors say that you're married to an Israeli woman?
"Yes, it's true. We met here in the ballet company two years a go and we fell in love. Despite the gaps and differences between religions and traditions we understood it clearly that love has no rules of any kind and if you really really want, you can overcome all difficulties and finally even your parents give their support"!

The Israeli ballet "Giselle" across the country:
5.11.12 – Haifa
17.11.12 – Kiriat Gat
24.11.12 – Upper Nazareth
30.11.12 – Rehovot
12, 13.12.12 - Eilat


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