Great Rus, Mother-Russia and the Russian Federation - all these words denote the country with a centuries-old history, traditions and customs. Russia is home to many nationalities united in love and brotherhood, it is a keeper of an invaluable part of the cultural heritage of the world. One can understand Russia only by unraveling her soul and unrestrainedness that have been expressed in the dance from the dawn of time. Today the open Russian soul revives in the folk choreography of the Russian National Ballet "Kostroma".
The President and the Producer of the Ballet: Honoured Cultural Worker Elena Tsarenko
The Art Director and the Chief Ballet Master: Yury Tsarenko
Many prompts preceded the idea of creating and actual organization of the Russian National Ballet. It all started when two people with two then different lives but common love for each other and the dancing art met.
The so called make-or-break 90s opened the horizons for many people and promised a comfortable existence in the nearest future. People set up cooperatives and private companies giving them a fashionable foreign name ‘business’. Being young and energetic Elena and Yuri Tsarenko longed for an immediate action. The life opened a variety of opportunities but only one of them was destined to bring them closer to their dream: that was the creation of a choreographic group. The dream came true in 1991 when the first in Russia private choreographic team with the name “Kostroma” came into being.
“Kostroma” established itself on Russian stage quite smoothly as though destiny hinted at the right direction. They met new people and made partners and friends. The system of cross-charges that used to be popular with small business imposed certain obligations giving momentum for the right vector of development. Young managers felt great responsibility for every step they made before the staff members, artists, audience, partners and the city who believed in them and their cause. Trying hard and making mistakes, they kept on searching for their identity and their distinct style. They experimented and learned new things.
The name of an ancient Russian town situated on the banks of the Volga river was taken for a reason. The cradleland of the Romanovs family representing real Rus with its wealth of history, customs and traditions once gave home to the young Tsarenko family and their cause. It was there that Elena and Yuri found their inspiration and later carried it over to the repertoire of the ballet thus enriching it with the power of the folk spirit. To take one instance, in the round dance “Grustinochka” (Sorrow) staged by Y. Tsarenko, he used the ideal of the ancient barbaric celebration of Kostroma, a festival of summer ritual festive occasions that celebrated the all-mighty god of the Sun, Yarila. Choreographic composition called "Teplota serdechnaya Skanyu nazyvaets" (The Filigree), staged by Y. Tsarenko, was created by order and full support of the jewelry company ALMAZ-HOLDING and it shows the miracle of filigree, the elegance and the beauty of the fine metal weaving, which is a traditional Kostroma craft from the village of Krasnoye on the Volga. The director decided to make a synergy folk dancing, classical ballet and theatre, on the one hand, and show business elements, video projection and special effects, on the other hand. It is also not by chance that the symbol of the new style became a ballet shoe and a little bast shoe.
Elena and Yuri have always tried to listen to their intuition. This invaluable The Gifts led them to success, gave them confidence to risk and hope to believe in the future. To their mind any person who has intuition is infinitely rich because relying on it one can get an opportunity to bravely move forward and meet their dreams.
Setting up the Dance School for Children and later, in 2002, the Governorate Ballet School affiliated to the Autonomous Non-commercial Organization Russian National Ballet “Kostroma" was a natural result of their systematic development. They think that professional environment is the growth medium that is vital for the art heritage of the ballet. Maria Veshkina (Tsarenko), their daughter who is the Vice-President of the Russian National Ballet “Kostroma”, is the head of the School. In 2010 the college started to provide free of charge education. The best teachers come to Kostroma from Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Novosibirsk and other cities. In 2007 and 2010 two departments of professional artists of folk dance graduated from the School. Today about 20 graduates of the Governorate Ballet School work in the first team of the Russian National Ballet “Kostroma" and one of them is Ivan Tsarenko, Elena and Yuri’s youngest son, who devoted his life to the choreographic art as his parents once did. Ivan is a soloist of the first team of the company, the assistant of the Art Director of the Russian National Ballet "Kostroma” and the Governorate Ballet School teacher of Stage Practice discipline.
The best word to call the Russian National Ballet "Kostroma" is 'family'. Elena and Yuri Tsarenko transferred their personal experience to the invaluable experience of demanding but considerate administrators, which resulted in making up a big and very friendly team.
The Russian National Ballet "Kostroma" has been the bearer of the traditional folk culture. They have made more than 1,700 shows during these years full of experiments. The Ballet successfully performed in 20 countries of the world. They have created six dancing programs “Volzhskie Zarisovki” (the Volga Sketches), “Za Sviatuyu Rus!” (For the Holy Rus!), "Russkoye Predstavlenie” (Russian Show), “Zagadochnaya Rus” (Mysterious Rus), “Zhili-Byli” (Once upon a time…) and “Russian National Dance Show”. The premieres of “The Russian National dance Show “Kostroma” were presented in London, Moscow, Paris and Rotterdam. The unique annual tourist project “The Russian National Dance Show “Kostroma”” has been taking place in Moscow in Cosmos Hotel since 2005 when “Kostroma” gives 100 historical shows about the great and mysterious Rus.
Having received the audience’s recognition home and abroad, Elena and Yuri has the right to be proud of their ballet and the professional choreographic educational institution that is the only one of the kind in Kostroma province. They have devoted all their lives to folk dance that is the most elaborate kind of art able to bring up a tolerant, patriotic and esthetic society as well as to convey the light and the kindness of the Russian hear to other people speaking different languages because the ballet is a truly international kind of art.
Foreign uest tours of the Russian National Ballet “Kostroma”
1992 – Germany
1993 – Spain, Italy
1994, 1995, 1996 – Cyprus
1997 – Bulgaria, Greece, Japan
1998 – Monte-Carlo (Monaco), Italy, the Czech Republic, Cyprus
1999 – Finland
2000 – Australia, China
2001 – China, Germany
2002 – Israel, Japan
2003 – Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia
2004 – Croatia
2007 – China
2008 – Great Britain
2009 – Ukraine, Cuba Republic
2010 – China, France, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Kingdom of the Netherlands
2011 - Spain, Kingdom of Netherlands, Belgium, Qatar
2012 - China, Italy
2013 - Germany, Holland, Belgium