MIKHAILOVSKY BALLET


11.11.14 - 11.23.14

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GISELLE, OU LES WILIS

Fantasy ballet in two acts
Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa
Production: Nikita Dolgushin
Set and Costume Design: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Design: Mikhail Mekler

November 11, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Leonid Sarafanov
November 12, 2:00 pm Anastasia Soboleva, Victor Lebedev
November 12, 7:30 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev
November 13, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Leonid Sarafanov

“One of the most precious jewels in the classical ballet crown” (The Sunday Express, UK); “a classic slice of the 19th-century supernatural” (The Evening Standard, UK). British critics have showered Nikita Dolgushin’s version of Giselle at the Mikhailovsky with praise, and declared it a must-see. The performance offers a striking contrast between the lively village world of the first act and the gloomy netherworld in the second. The idyll of the love story is destroyed by treachery. In Act II, it is “as all realism is blown to the winds” that the ballet “becomes the great, shivering drama it’s meant to be” (The Guardian, UK). The Mikhailovsky Company performs the entire ballet, with its time-tested choreography, precise mise-en-scène, and abundant historical details, with “clear, devoted style” (The Financial Times). The artistic talents of the Mikhailovsky’s leading performers, blending technical mastery with personal charisma, are seen at their highest point in Giselle.

THE FLAMES OF PARIS

Ballet in three acts

Music: Boris Asafiev
Choreography: Vasily Vaynonen revised by Mikhail Messerer
Set and Costume Design: Vladimir Dmitriev
Staging: Mikhail Messerer
Set and Costume Design revival: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Producer: Dmitry Astafyev, Dr. habil
General Partner of the production: LenSpecStroy Limited Company

November 14, 7:30 pm Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev
November 15, 2:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Zaytsev
November 15, 8:00 pm Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev
November 16, 2:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev

“The drums of revolution beat out once more in St. Petersburg...” – The Financial Times review of The Flames of Paris after its première sounded like a victory march. This ballet about the French Revolution was  originally staged in 1932, and is often remembered as Stalin’s favorite ballet.

The Mikhailovsky Company has concentrated exclusively on the artistic aspect of the work, presenting Vasily Vaynonen’s choreography as an expansion on the achievements of Russia’s great choreographers Petipa, Ivanov, and Gorsky. The British monthly The Dancing Times wrote: “The Flames of Paris have been reignited in a celebration as imposing as the Arc de Triomphe that features as the backdrop for the final scene; a triumph for the Mikhailovsky Ballet.” The Flames of Paris, which amazes with its striking dances, highlights the antagonism between the sybaritic royal court and the rebellious masses, demanding liberty, equality, and fraternity.


THREE CENTURIES OF RUSSIAN BALLET

November 18 and 19, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Leonid Sarafanov, Angelina Vorontsova, Irina Perren,
Anastasiya Soboleva, Victor Lebedev, Ekaterina Borchenko, Ivan Zaytsev, Marat Shemiunov


LE HALTE DE CAVALERIE (THE CAVALRY HALT)

Ballet in one act
Music: Ivan Armsheimer
Libretto and choreography: Marius Petipa  
Revived by Pyotr Gusev
General Partner of the production: LenSpecStroy Limited Company

Le Halte de cavalerie (The Cavalry Halt) is a short ballet by Marius Petipa with a score by Ivan I. Armsheimer. Comic scenes, where cavalrymen visit a village to pursue their amorous adventures, are choreographed in the Petipa style, with well-structured corps de ballet movements and the principal dancers’ technique on full display.

CLASS CONCERT

Ballet in one act
Music: Alexander Glazunov, Anatoly Lyadov, Anton Rubinstein, Dmitri Shostakovich
Music composition:  Alexander Tseitlin
Choreography: Asaf Messerer
Staging: Mikhail Messerer
Stage Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Producer: Dmitry Astafyev, Dr. habil
General partner of the production: LenSpecStroy Limited Company


PRELUDE

Ballet in one act
Music: George Handel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten
Choreographer, Stage Designer, Costume Designer: Nacho Duato
Lighting Designer: Brad Fields

Nacho Duato has described the performance as “the beauty of ballet without inhibition or pointe shoes.” Prelude is a unique production created for the Mikhailovsky, and reflects the choreographer’s new experiences in Russia.


DON QUIXOTE

Ballet in three acts and a prologue

Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky. The production also features choreography by Nina Anisimova, Igor Belsky,
Robert Gerbek, Kasyan Goleyzovsky and Fyodor Lopukhov
Staging: Mikhail Messerer
Set and Costume Design: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Design: Alexander Kibitkin

November 20, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev
November 21, 7:30 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Victor Lebedev
November 22, 2:00 pm Oksana Bondareva, Leonid Sarafanov
November 22, 8:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev
November 23, 2:00 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev

Don Quixote is a renowned ballet in the Russian repertoire. It portrays a fantasy of an everlastingly sunny Spain. One of the most lively and joyful ballets in existence, it is not an adaptation of Cervantes’ famous novel, but an independent choreographic work by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky, based on the novel’s themes. The ballet is staged to the music of Ludwig Minkus, and tells the tale of a decrepit old nobleman’s unsuccessful attempt to woo a young maiden and his inability to compete in love with his younger rival, an inventive and relentless poor barber. In 2012, the Mikhailovsky production was given a facelift by Ballet Master in Chief Mikhail Messerer. The Times wrote about the Mikhailovsky production: “Incredibly fresh and vibrant, it's a lusty rom-com whose exuberance is overwhelming and its attention to character a treat”.

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