Russia hails 80-year-old Roland Petit

13th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

MOSCOW, Jan 13 (AFP) - Russian newspapers devoted whole pages on Tuesday to celebrating the 80th birthday of French choreographer Roland Petit, the first foreigner awarded the State Prize for culture and creator of the ballet The Queen of Spades, commissioned by the Bolshoi.

MOSCOW, Jan 13 (AFP) - Russian newspapers devoted whole pages on Tuesday to celebrating the 80th birthday of French choreographer Roland Petit, the first foreigner awarded the State Prize for culture and creator of the ballet The Queen of Spades, commissioned by the Bolshoi.

President Vladimir Putin hailed Petit as "one of the most remarkable choreographers of the 20th century" and said his "brave and innovative" shows were part of the history of ballet.

The Bolshoi's star dancer, Nikolai Tsiskardze, recalled with gratitude that Petit once told him: "Have confidence in yourself, you can achieve anything."

The tribute in the daily Izvestia included a photo of Petit at a Kremlin ceremony last year when Putin decorated him with the State Prize, reserved for artists who make "remarkable and original contributions to Russian culture."

Based on a short story by the 19th-century Russian poet Pushkin and with a musical score inspired by Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony, The Queen of Spades was awarded the Golden Mask prize in April 2002.

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