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Doha Hosts Premiere of Anna Karenina by Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre

14 February 2019

Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre has presented the play “Anna Karenina” to the music of Tchaikovsky at the Qatar Foundation in Doha. Rosneft Oil Company provided for the event as its main sponsor.

The performance was hosted on February 12 and 13 at QNCC Al Mayassa Theatre, following on a range of projects implemented as part of the Bilateral Year of Culture of Qatar and Russia.

The audience enjoyed the unique opportunity to appreciate the original ballet production and choreography of the highest level, to perceive the music by Petr Tchaikovsky, and to delight in the one-of-a-kind costumes and stage design. The performance scored a great success, the audience gave the performers a standing ovation.

The Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre’s tour in Doha also included a special event for children interested in ballet - on February 13 they could attend a morning class of the professional dancers.

The premiere in Doha was attended by: Fahad Bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Qatari Ambassador in Russia; Nurmakhmad Kholov, Russian Ambassador in Qatar; the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Museums Ahmad Musa Al-Namla; Yury Kalinin, Rosneft VP for HR and Social Policy; Elena Zavaleeva, Rosneft VP - State Secretary; Vasily Shestakov, President of the International Sambo Federation; and others.

Note for Editors:

Rosneft Oil Company is the leader of Russia’s petroleum industry and the world’s largest publicly traded petroleum company. Company’s main activities include prospecting and exploration of hydrocarbon deposits, oil, gas and gas-condensate production, upstream offshore projects, processing, as well as oil, gas, and product marketing in Russia and abroad.

Traditionally, Rosneft maintains high social responsibility, contributes considerably to the socio-economic development of Russia and takes an active part in the development of cultural ties between countries. In 2018, during Qatar-Russia Year of Culture, the Company organized a concert of the Sretensky Monastery Choir in Doha, and also became the main sponsor of the exhibition of the State Tretyakov Gallery collection of paintings “Russian Avant-Garde: Pioneers and Direct Descendants”.

Since 2016, Rosneft has been organizing tours of Eifman Ballet Theatre. In addition, the Company provides with support the Mariinsky Theatre and the Saint Petersburg Music House; finances the Dmitry Shostakovich Saint Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the Russian symbols recognized worldwide.

February 14, 2019