07.06.2018

The tour of the Mariinsky Ballet will open the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which will run from 24 July to 8 August 2018

The tour of the Mariinsky Ballet will open the III International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok, which will run from 24 July to 8 August 2018. This year’s festival participants include world-famous dancers and young talented performers, such as Ekaterina Kondaurova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Kristina Shapran, Renata Shakirova, Timur Askerov, Kimin Kim, Vladimir Shklyarov, Konstantin Zverev and many others. The playbill features ballets of different epochs, such as Don Quixote, The Four Seasons, and Cinderella, which will be performed in the Far East of Russia for the first time.

The festival will open with the performances of Ludwig Minkus’s Don Quixote, choreographed by Alexander Gorsky and based on Marius Petipa’s original production (24 July and 25 July). The classic production will gather a stellar cast at the Primorsky Stage. On 24 July, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim, the Mariinsky Theatre’s principal dancer and a virtuoso Basilio, soloist Renata Shakirova (Kitri), prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Street Dancer), and soloist Konstantin Zverev (Espada). The cast for the next day’s performance includes principal dancer Timur Askerov (Basilio), soloists Nadezhda Batoeva (Kitri), Kristina Shapran (Street Dancer), and Roman Belyakov (Espada). The performances will mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa.

On 26 July and 27 July, Vladivostok will see the premiere of The Four Seasons ballet set to the music of Max Richter (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi) and staged by Ilya Zhivoi. The two-act ballet The Four Seasons is based on a sketch—one-act ballet SeasonS—which successfully premiered at the I International Mariinsky Far East Festival in 2016. Now, two years later, the audiences will enjoy the full version of the young choreographer’s production.‘ A change of seasons is not just a change of weather outside, but a metaphor for all things on Earth,’ said Ilya Zhivoi about the production. The lead roles will be performed by prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova and soloist Roman Belyakov (26 July), soloists Kristina Shapran and Konstantin Zverev (27 July).

On 28 July (19:00) and twice on 29 July (14:00 and 19:00), the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will host the premiere performances of Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella staged by Alexei Ratmansky, one of the most popular modern choreographers. Alexei Ratmansky’s first grand ballet, created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 2001, has been a favorite with the St Petersburg public for many years, attracting audiences with its ironic and memorable interpretation of Sergei Prokofiev’s major score. On July 28, the lead roles will be performed by Kimin Kim (Prince), principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and world-renowned performer, soloist Renata Shakirova (Cinderella), and prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). On July 29 (14:00), the main roles will be performed by soloists Konstantin Zverev (Prince), Kristina Shapran (Cinderella), and Tatiana Tkachenko (Stepmother). The soirée performance will feature soloist Nadezhda Batoeva (Cinderella), principal dancer Vladimir Shklyarov (Prince), and prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother). The accompagnement will be provided by the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Just a quick reminder: the International Mariinsky Far East Festival in Vladivostok is an annual festival which travels to major venues in the Far East and the Asia-Pacific Region. This year’s festival will run from 24 July to 8 August.

30.05.2018

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre’s achievements this season have been duly noticed and it has received a BraVo award.

  • The Primorsky Stage wins the Best Concert/Theatre Venue nod at the International Professional Music BraVo Awards;
  • Premieres of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra, Rodion Shchedrin’s ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse;
  • First international tour of the ballet company to Harbin (China) and Seoul (South Korea);
  • Guest performances at the Primorsky Stage: the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, the Liaoning Ballet of China, China National Peking Opera Company, and the Vakhtangov Theatre;
  • New project: Valery Gergiev for Children;

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre closed its 5th season (which ran for 45 weeks) with a performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte on 27 May. The Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage will host the performances of Olga Piccolo’s productions from the cycle Music Told in Tales of Sand (which is part of the Valery Gergiev for Children project) on 2 June and 3 June. The performances will be dedicated to the Children’s Day.

Moreover, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg will welcome the first ever tour of the Primorsky Stage opera company on 2 June. To be performed is Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev. The Primorsky Stage’s ballet will bring its productions to St Petersburg from 31 July to 12 August. The historic Mariinsky Theatre will see the performances of Le Corsaire, Giselle, and The Sleeping Beauty, which will mark 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa. The Primorsky Stage, in its turn, will welcome the Buryat Opera and Ballet Theatre on tour from 24 June to 28 June. The playbill includes Un ballo in maschera, Don Quixote, The Swan Lake, as well as a series of gala concerts.

The Primorsky Stage has opened its 2017/2018 season with the II International Mariinsky Far East Festival. Over 28 days, more than 500 artists and musicians from 12 countries have given 40 performances and concerts for the Far East of Russia theatre public. The programme included the premieres of Rodion Shchedrin’s The Little Humpbacked Horse and Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. The Festival’s guest stars included the London Royal Ballet prima ballerina Natalia Osipova, principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bayerisches Staatsballett Vladimir Shklyarov; opera stars Tatiana Serjan, Albina Shagimuratova, Vladislav Sulimsky, Yevgeny Nikitin; renowned instrumentalists, such as Clara-Jumi Kang, Daniel Lozakovitj, Nikolaj Znaider (violin); Sergei Babayan, Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano) and many others. The International Mariinsky Far East Festival, which is set to take place in July and August of 2018, will be no less grand.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre’s achievements this season have been duly noticed and it has received a BraVo award. The expert jury voted for the Primorsky Stage as the Best Concert/Theatre Venue.

In the 2017/2018 season, the ensemble of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre has presented the premieres of Richard Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer (staged by Ian Judge), Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (staged by Andrea De Rosa), Igor Stravinsky’s Mavra (staged by Vyacheslav Starodubtsev); concert performances of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride; chamber productions of Songs by the Sea and From Holberg’s Time, set to the music of Edvard Grieg. Over the season, the Primorsky Stage ballet has often performed on tour.

The ballet company travelled abroad for the first time and performed in Harbin (China) and Seoul (South Korea). It also performed three times at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, where it presented its productions of Giselle, Le Corsaire, The Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, Carmen Suite, Apollo, and Prodigal Son.

The soloists of the Primorsky Stage, such as Guzel Sharipova, Alena Diyanova, Tatiana Makarchuk, and Vyacheslav Vasilyev have successfully performed in the Mariinsky Theatre’s opera productions. Moreover, the artists of the Primorsky Stage and the soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre took part in concert performances of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in Khabarovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

In the 2017/2018 season, the Primorsky Stage orchestra, chorus and soloists presented their concert programmes in Ussuriysk. The programmes featured a concert of symphonic and vocal music dedicated to 200 years since the birth of Alexei Tolstoy, the festive New Year's Eve Kaleidoscope, as well as a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Multiple charity concerts have been performed at the Far Eastern Federal University with the participation of the Primorsky Stage Orchestra and the Primorsky Stage soloists.

The new project Valery Gergiev for Children has been launched for preschool and school children. Olga Piccolo’s productions from the cycle Music Told in Tales of Sand were performed at the Primorsky Stage over the 2017/2018 season. In the spring of 2018, the Primorsky Stage invited children and their parents to spend their Holidays at the Mariinsky. The project’s playbill included the est repertory productions for the entire family. In March of 2018, guests from the All-Russian Children's Center Ocean attended a lecture on musical theatre with the participation of the Primorsky Stage orchestra soloists. Educational projects were further expanded due to the addition of such projects as Theatre Lesson, Students’ Wednesdays, and Weekend Excursions. On 27 March, the Primorsky Stage joined the World Theatre Day celebrations. The opera, ballet and orchestra artists gave the theatre-goers backstage tours.

The Primorsky Stage was the first venue in the Far East of Russia to present opera productions with audio descriptions for the visually impaired. Over the season, experienced musicians held open-to-all master classes on a broad range of subjects, including opera singing, choral conducting, violin, flute, French horn, and oboe at the Primorsky Stage.

In the 2017/2018 season, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre welcomed the productions of famed Russian and foreign ensembles, such as the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre, the Liaoning Ballet of China, China National Peking Opera Company, and the Vakhtangov Theatre.

The fifth season of the Primorsky Stage saw the performances of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev; the Mariinsky Opera soloists, including Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Olga Trifonova, Yekaterina Shimanovich, Leonid Zakhozhaev, Alexander Mikhailov, Sergei Skorokhodov, Vadim Kravets, Vladislav Sulimsky, Stanislav Trofimov, and Vladimir Feliauer; principal dancer of the Mariinsky Theatre Kimin Kim, as well as soloists Yekaterina Osmolkina and Maria Shirinkina; opera stars Maria Guleghina, Julia Novikova, Dmytro Popov; famed instrumentalists, such as Yuri Bashmet (viola), Denis Matsuev, Peter Laul, Ilya Rashkovsky, Zarina Shimanskaya (piano), Pavel Milyukov, Ziyu He (violin); prima ballerina of the Boston Ballet Misa Kuranaga, prima ballerina of the Sofia Opera and Ballet Marta Petkova, principal dancer of the National Ballet of Japan Yudai Fukuoka; the soloists of the Japanese Tani Momoko Ballet Company Tomoya Imai, Nagahashi Ayumi, and Sato Marika; conductors Mischa Damev (Switzerland), Darrell Ang (Singapore), Shizuo Z Kuwahara (Japan), Mikica Jevtić (Serbia), Vladislav Karklin, Anton Shaburov; the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble and the Krasnoyarsk Municipal Choral Ensemble of Soloists Tebe Poem.

12.04.2018

Due to the expansion of Mariinsky ballet of the the Primorsky Stage (Vladivostok) announces new vacancies for ballet dancers. The auditions will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), on April 29, 2018, and at the State Academic Classical Ballet Theatre (Moscow, Skakovaya st., 3), on May 7, 2018.

Due to the expansion of Mariinsky ballet of the the Primorsky Stage (Vladivostok) announces new vacancies for ballet dancers. The auditions will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg), on April 29, 2018, and at the State Academic Classical Ballet Theatre (Moscow, Skakovaya st., 3), on May 7, 2018.

Auditions are open to male and female ballet artists, soloists and leading soloists between the ages of 18-30, with professional training as ballet dancers (having certificate (diploma) of secondary vocational choreographic education). To take part in the auditions, applicants must send in advance their CV, photos (a portrait and a full height photo in a classical dance costume), links to video highlights/performances to: cherkasova@mariinsky.ru Marina Cherkasova. In their letters applicants must specify in which city they are ready to hold an audition.

22.03.2018

On 8 April, in the run-up to the XVII Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky soloists, chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev will present a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’ opera Iolanta on stage of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow). Leading parts will be performed by Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Migran Agadzhanyan (Count Vaudemont), Alexei Markov (Robert), Stanislav Trofimov (Rene, King of Provence), Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia)

On 8 April, in the run-up to the XVII Moscow Easter Festival, the Mariinsky soloists, chorus and the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev will present a concert performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’ opera Iolanta on stage of the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow). Leading parts will be performed by Irina Churilova (Iolanta), Migran Agadzhanyan (Count Vaudemont), Alexei Markov (Robert), Stanislav Trofimov (Rene, King of Provence), Roman Burdenko (Ibn-Hakia).

Live broadcast from the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall will be organized in collaboration with the Moscow Philharmonic for the Far East and other Russian regions, participating in the All-Russian Virtual Concert Hall project. In Vladivostok, the performance will be shown at the Chamber Hall of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre at 19:00, local time.

Later, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will join the symphony programme of the XVII Moscow Easter Festival. On 11 April, the soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Waleriy Trubin-Leonoff together with the Combined Choir of the Primorsky Metropolitante. The Orchestra and chorus of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Pavel Smelkov will perform on April 21.

The XVII Moscow Easter Festival will run from April to May 9, 2018 with the support of the Moscow City Government, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation and with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The 17th season will be one of the longest and largest in the history of the Festival, with the record-setting musical marathon lasting 32 days. Musicians of the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev are expected to travel the distance of 20 000 kilometers and visit more than 30 Russian cities and towns.

21.03.2018

Due to the expansion of its ballet company, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok), announces new vacancies for ballet dancers. The auditions will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, on April 29, 2018

Due to the expansion of its ballet company, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre (Vladivostok), announces new vacancies for ballet dancers. The auditions will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, on April 29, 2018.

Auditions are open to male and female ballet artists, soloists and leading soloists between the ages of 18-30, with professional training as ballet dancers (having certificate (diploma) of secondary vocational choreographic education).

To take part in the auditions, applicants must send in advance their CV, photos (a portrait and a full height photo in a classical dance costume), links to video highlights/performances to: cherkasova@mariinsky.ru Marina Cherkasova

15.03.2018

The spring symphony playbill of the Primorsky Stage features outstanding works from the treasury of European musical heritage. In March the Great Hall of the Theatre will host concerts, focusing on the works by the great German romantic composer Johannes Brahms. The solo in one of them will be performed by Pavel Milyukov (violin), a musician with a brilliant international career, a prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition

The spring symphony playbill of the Primorsky Stage features outstanding works from the treasury of European musical heritage. In March the Great Hall of the Theatre will host concerts, focusing on the works by the great German romantic composer Johannes Brahms. The solo in one of them will be performed by Pavel Milyukov (violin), a musician with a brilliant international career, a prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

On 22 March at 19:00 the Mariinsky Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage under the baton of Pavel Smelkov will present Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and celebrated Violin Concerto.

On 18 March at 18:00 Pavel Milyukov will give a solo recital, organized with the support from the St Petersburg House of Music. In the ensemble, he will be partnered by the Grand-Prix winner at International J. Vītols Piano Competition, Pavel Telkov (piano). The concert programme features violin sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schuman, Sergei Prokofiev, as well as Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento for Violin and Piano from the ballet The Fairy’s Kiss.

24 March 19:00 will see the Primorsky Stage premiere of one of the most monumental and inspired works by Brahms — Ein Deutsches Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra. The Requiem is called German because the composer used as a text selected fragments from various books of the Bible translated into German by Martin Luther instead of the canonical Latin prayers, traditional for the genre of requiem. Masterful choral composition and arrangement, expressive orchestral parts and a lofty ethical idea of this work ensured Ein Deutsches Requiem a permanent place in the world performing repertoire right from the moment of its creation. The premiere of the Deutsches Requiem on 10 April 1967 in Bremen brought international fame to the young Johannes Brahms as one of the greatest composers of his time. At the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre Ein Deutsches Requiem will be performed by the Theatre’s Chorus and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pavel Smelkov. Soloists — international award-winning opera soloists Alina Mikhailik (soprano) and Alexander Gontsa (bariton).

13.03.2018

On 11 March, the Primorsky Stage opera soloist Tatiana Makarchuk successfully debuted in the Mariinsky Theatre’s production of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen. Conductor — Christian Knapp (USA)

On 11 March, the Primorsky Stage opera soloist Tatiana Makarchuk successfully debuted in the Mariinsky Theatre’s production of Georges Bizet’s opera Carmen. Conductor — Christian Knapp (USA).

Tatiana Makarchuk graduated from the Gnessin State Musical College and the Galina Vishnevskaya Centre for Opera Singing. Her role debut as Carmen took place at the Natalya Sats Musical Theatre in Moscow in 2012. In the following season, she performed the same part in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, (Dublin, 2013). She also successfully appears as Carmen at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, having enthralled the audience with her interpretation of the role on the very first night of the production.

The singer’s performance at Mariinsky-2 continues a series of St Petersburg debuts by the Primorsky Stage opera soloists. In April 2017, the Primorsky Stage soloist Elena Stikhina joined the opera company of the Mariinsky Theatre. Last November, leading parts in the performances of the Mariinsky Theatre were sung by soprano Guzel Sharipova (Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi) and Alena Diyanova (Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner). In February 2018, Aigul Khismatullina, a participant of the international educational project The Atkins Young Artists Program, made her debut at the Historic Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, performing the title part in Igor Stravinsky’s Opera The Nightingale.

12.03.2018

Last night, on 11 March, the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre hosted the first ceremony to present International Professional Music BraVo Awards in the field of classical art. The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre became the winner in the category “Best Concert/Theatre Venue”. The Award was presented to Branch Director Anna Kasatkina by Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky

Last night, on 11 March, the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre hosted the first ceremony to present International Professional Music BraVo Awards in the field of classical art. The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre became the winner in the category “Best Concert/Theatre Venue”. The Award was presented to Branch Director Anna Kasatkina by Russia’s Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky.

“Today, the Mariinsky Theatre is the largest theatre complex of classical musical art in the world. It is not only the Historic Mariinsky, it is an excellent concert hall also located in St Petersburg, it is the Mariinsky in Vladikavkaz, and, of course, one of the most modern concert venues in the world — the Mariinsky in Vladivostok,” said the minister.

The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre was founded on 1 January, 2016. Over the two years of its existence, the theatre has hosted performances by more than 500 outstanding musicians, opera singers and ballet dancers from all over the globe. The Theatre’s repertoire performances and concerts has featured a great number of internationally acclaimed artists, including the Mariinsky Orchestra, chorus, opera and ballet soloists, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Galuzin, Maria Guleghina, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Vladimir Shklyarov, Albina Shagimuratova, Denis Matsuev, Yuri Bashmet, the “Korean Phenomenon” Seong Jin Cho, Leonidas Kavakos, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici and many other outstanding musicians. Today, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre is one of the most actively developing performing arts complexes in the world.

The International Professional Music BraVo Awards are given to classical and popular music nominees in 24 categories. In 2018, the award winners include the Mariinsky soloist Ildar Abdrazakov, such outstanding performers as Anna Netrebko, Hibla Gerzmava, Svetlana Zakharova, Daniil Trifonov. Dmitri Hvorostovsky was posthumously awarded the First International Professional BraVo Music Prize in the category "Classic Album of the Year" for his last recording - Verdi's opera Rigoletto.

The solemn award ceremony at the Bolshoi was attended by a number of international guests, including heads and representatives of diplomatic missions of India, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, CIS-member states, and was held with the support of such outstanding international culture icons as Jose Carreras, Vladimir Spivakov, Denis Matsuev and others.

07.03.2018

On 7 March at 18:30 the exhibition Spring at the Mariinsky will open in the Dress Circle Foyer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre before the beginning of the opera The Love for Three Oranges. The exhibits include paintings and graphics from the collection of the Primorsky State Art Gallery (The Hermitage — Vladivostok). The exhibition will last till May 11

On 7 March at 18:30 the exhibition Spring at the Mariinsky will open in the Dress Circle Foyer of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre before the beginning of the opera The Love for Three Oranges. The exhibits include paintings and graphics from the collection of the Primorsky State Art Gallery (The Hermitage — Vladivostok). The exhibition will last till May 11.

Spring at the Mariinsky encompasses works by sixteen artists, among them are worthy successors to the Moscow School — Sergei Balzamov (Lilac), Mikhail Kugach (A Sprig of an Apple Tree); it is impossible to remain untouched by Mikael Avetov’s refined Renoirian portrayal of a woman (A Portrait of the Wife). The exhibition also features works by such Primorsky artists as Anatoly Teleshev, Nikolay Gritsuk, Yuri Sobchenko, Anatoly Matyukhin, Mikhail Tabolkin, Valentina Chebotareva, Viktor and Ludmila Ubirayev, Pyotr Luzgin and Lev Aronov.

The Spring in Mariinsky Project is the third joint project which has been organized as part of a continuing collaboration between the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Primorsky State Art Gallery (The Hermitage-Vladivostok) since the beginning of 2018.

A series of festive events at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will be continued with spectacular performances — an evening of old and modern choreography The Firebird (March 8), ballet-féerie The Nutcracker (March 10 at 14-00 and 19-00), interactive operatic productions Christmas Eve (March 9) and The Magic Flute (March 11).

05.03.2018

On 22 and 24 March the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will perform in St Petersburg for the third time. The artists are to appear on stage of Mariinsky-II in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Marius Petipa revised by Konstantin Sergeyev and Eldar Aliev), with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Anton Torbeev. The performance of the Primorsky Stage ballet company in St Petersburg will be part of a large-scale celebration, commemorating the 200th birthday of the most influential choreographer of the 21st century

On 22 and 24 March the ballet company of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre will perform in St Petersburg for the third time. The artists are to appear on stage of Mariinsky-II in Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty (choreography by Marius Petipa revised by Konstantin Sergeyev and Eldar Aliev), with the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Anton Torbeev. The performance of the Primorsky Stage ballet company in St Petersburg will be part of a large-scale celebration, commemorating the 200th birthday of the most influential choreographer of the 21st century.

For more than half a century Marius Petipa (1818–1910) staged performances at the major theatres of the country, raising the level of the Russian ballet art to an unprecedented high. The choreographer’s legacy includes more than 60 works, among them such masterpieces as The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Don Quixote, La Bayadere and many others. In the modern theatrical repertoire, Marius Petipa's productions remain to be a model of the classical choreography, the style of which is noted for its masterful composition, meaningful choreographic ensembles and virtuosic solo parts.

The Primorsky audience will have an opportunity to see classical versions of Marius Petipa’s legendary performances throughout the whole season. The nearest performance from the series will be Giselle by Adolphe Adam (15 March). On 29 March the ballet-féerie Sleeping Beauty will feature soloists of the Tani Momoko Ballet who will arrive from Japan as part of the cultural programme of the Russian-Japanese Cross Year.

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