The annual ballet festival in honor of Galina Ulanova in Yoshkar-Ola is a celebration of the best of Russian ballet, with local dancers and internationally-renowned guest stars performing classical productions associated with the great Russian ballerina.

Yesterday Artem Ovcharenko gave a superb performance as Albrecht in Giselle at the opening evening of the XIII Mari El Ballet Festival. The local prima ballerina Olga Chelpanova excelled in the title role.

Photo © Evgeniy Nikiforov - Olga Chelpanova as Giselle and Artem Ovcharenko as Albrech, April 9, 2015