XII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY23 March 2012 - 01 April 2012|
SCHEDULE 23 March 2012 - 01 April 2012
About "International Ballet
The international ballet festival is one of the most
significant events in the ballet season, drawing ballet-lovers from all over the
world to St Petersburg. The main strategy of the festival is to attract stars of
world ballet to Russiaís cultural capital. Regular participants in the festival
include Mariinsky Theatre stars Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Tereshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov. Since it was established,
the Mariinsky international ballet festival has seen performances by such
internationally acclaimed stars as Vladimir Malakhov, Agnes Letestu, Aurelie
Dupont, Mathieu Ganio (Opera National de Paris),
Roberto Bolle, Maria Kowroski, Manuel Legris, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Paloma Herrera, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Svetlana Zakharova at the theatre. In line
with tradition, each festival opens with a ballet premiere and it concludes with
a gala concert featuring stars of international ballet.
The XII International Ballet Festival
Ballets by Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, George Balanchine, Roland Petit, Maurice Bťjart, Angelin Preljocaj and Alexei Ratmansky performed by stars of the Mariinsky Theatre,
the Bolshoi Theatre, Londonís Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Wiener
Staatsoper, Het Nationale Ballet and the Bejart Ballet
22 March - 1 April 2012
Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert
Artistic Director: Maestro
The XII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY will run from 22
March to 1 April 2012. The festival opens with a premiere Ė the revival of
Roland Petitís ballet Le Jeune homme et la mort, an early masterpiece from 1946
which established his name as a choreographer. Many cult names in ballet are
connected with this work, among them Jean Cocteau who inspired the
choreographer, Diaghilev who gave Cocteau the story and performers of the role
of the Youth over the years including Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov...
At the Mariinsky Theatre the ballet was first staged for Farukh Ruzimatov and Ulyana Lopatkina in the late 90s. The next
dancer to perform the role of the Youth, in accordance with all the standards of
Petitís choreography which are scrupulously guarded by his heirs, will be Vladimir Shklyarov.
The same evening will see a performance of George Balanchineís ballet Prodigal Son to music by Sergei Prokofiev, created for Diaghilevís Saisons russes in
1929, featuring Teresa Reichlen and Daniel Ulbricht, soloists with the New York
City Ballet, the guardian and protector of the great choreographerís style and
In line with tradition, the great classical ballets in the Mariinsky
Theatreís repertoire will be performed by international guest soloists.
In Swan Lake Alina Somova will be partnered by Het
Nationale Ballet soloist Matthew Golding (23 March 2012). Representing the
Bolshoi Theatre, Svetlana Zakharova and Alexander Volchkov
together with Anastasia Matvienko will form the love
triangle in La
Bayadere (24 March 2012), the performance marking sixty-five years of the
stage career of Olga Nikolaevna Moiseyeva, an outstanding ballerina and coach.
Old friends of the Mariinsky Theatre Ė regular participants at the festival and
darlings of St Petersburg audiences Ė Londonís Royal Ballet soloists Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg will perform the lead roles in
the ballet La
Sylphide (25 March 2012).
The culmination of the festival will come with touring performances by the
company of legendary 20th century choreographer Maurice Bejart. Four years after
the choreographerís death the Bejart Ballet Lausanne, now directed by Gil Roman,
will be bringing four of the ballet-masterís works to St Petersburg Ė Bolero, Ce
que líamour me dit, Cantate 51 and the pas de deux Helene et Euphorion (from the
ballet Notre Faust) as well as Romanís ballet La ou sont les oiseaux (27 and 28
On 29 March 2012, to mark the fifty-fifth anniversary of the career of the
great dancer and renowned teacher Gennady Selyutsky, his pupils will all come
together, among them Danila Korsuntsev, Yevgeny Ivanchenko, Igor Kolb, Alexander Sergeyev and Andrei Yermakov, with guest soloists including Wiener
Staatsballett ballerina Olga Yesina in the pas de deux from Petitís ballet Leda
and the Swan, Vera Arbuzova and Andrei Kasianenko in a highlight from Eifmanís ballet Red Giselle and Bťjart Ballet Lausanne
soloists in the pas de deux Helene et Euphorion.
Fans of the Mariinsky Ballet Company will see performances by their favourite
stars in premieres from recent seasons, among them Viktoria Tereshkina and Alexander Sergeyev in Angelin Preljocajís ballet Le Parc (26 March 2012), Diana Vishneva in the ballet evening Errand
into the Maze by Martha Graham, Subject to Change by Paul Lightfoot and Sol
Leon, Pierrot Lunaire by Alexei Ratmansky (30 March 2012) and Ulyana Lopatkina and Andrei Yermakov in Alexei Ratmanskyís ballet Anna Karenina (31 March 2012).
The festival closes on 1 April 2012 with a grand Gala Concert with all
of the festivalís guests.
The visit by the Bejart Ballet Lausanne will be accompanied by an exhibition
of unique photographs by Valentin Baranovsky featuring Maurice Bejart, dancer
Jorge Donn and artists of the Kirov Ballet Company when the choreographer first
visited Leningrad in the late 1980s.
In line with festival tradition, there will also be master-classes
by teachers from various schools. This yearís festival will be attended by
Michael Denard, formerly an etoile and current coach with the Opera de Paris.
During his visit the great dancer will give a master-class for students at the
Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and grant-recipients of the Mariinsky
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SCHEDULE 23 March 2012 - 01 April 2012