In late December 2019, the European Foundation for Support of Culture and the Ilya Averbukh Production Company will present an exclusive project in Malta, the “Jesters’ Wedding” Ice Show, an adaptation of the Crystal Palace ballet to the music by the contemporary American- Maltese composer Alexey Shor.
The Ilya Averbukh Production Company is an internationally-known Russian company that creates unique, grand ice shows featuring world-class figure skating stars. These shows combine figure skating, drama theatre, live vocals and music, circus, and state-of-the-art stage designs.
The project will be directed by Ilya Averbukh, world-famous figure skater, Olympic silver medalist, World Champion, two-time World Junior Champion, Merited Master of Sports of Russia. Averbukh has also won TEFI, Russia’s national television industry award, as the “Best TV Programme Producer”; the Theatregoer’s Star award for the first musical on ice, and the Oleg Yankovsky Creative Discovery prize for staging a musical of “Carmen” on ice.
The Ice Show and its story are set in 18th century Russia during the reign of Empress Anna Ioannovna. Empress Anna was fond of sumptuous celebrations and unusual entertainments and once decided to marry two of her court jesters in a palace of ice built on the river Neva.
The project will feature leading figure skaters of global renown, World Champions and Olympic winners, and world-famous opera principals of Europe’s eminent opera houses. Together they will perform accompanied by one of the most sought-after European orchestras. The event will be held at one of Malta’s most popular venues.
“Jesters’ Wedding” Ice Show will be the first Ice Show in Malta ever. The premiere of “Jesters’ Wedding” is expected to be covered live by international and Maltese media.