XIII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY28 February 2013 - 10 March 2013|
SCHEDULE 28 February 2013 - 10 March 2013
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 Russia’s 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 Mariinsky Ballet Festival:
No 13 in 2013 28 February -
10 March 2013
Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
•During the festival, lead roles are to be performed by
Diana Vishneva, Vladimir Shklyarov, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Ulyana Lopatkina, Timur Askerov, Svetlana Zakharova, Ruslan Skvortsov, Oxana Skorik, Yekaterina Osmolkina, Vadim Muntagirov, Olga Esina, Danila Korsuntsev and Chase Finlay
revival of ballets by William Forsythe and the Russian premiere of the
ballet N.N.N.N. by the Forsythe Company
workshop by young choreographers: Vladimir Varnava, Nikita Dmitrievsky, Ilya Petrov,
Anton Pimonov, Yuri Smekalov and Emil Faski will be
showcasing their works (9 March, 15:00)
•Gala performances by Yekaterina Kondaurova and Vladimir Shklyarov
festival opens with Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet with choreography
by Leonid Yakobson on 28 February and 1 March featuring Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov in the lead roles; Maestro Valery Gergiev will be conducting.
The performance on 1 March will be broadcast by the European TV station Mezzo.
One key event of the festival is the revival of William Forsythe’s ballets The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and In the
Middle, Somewhat Elevated (3 March). The revival of these ballets is being overseen by
coaches Noah D. Gelber and Kathryn Bennetts. Now a new generation of Mariinsky
Theatre dancers will be learning Forsythe’s virtuoso dance language. The same
evening, the Forsythe Company – William Forsythe’s own company – will be presenting the
maestro’s twelve-minute work N.N.N.N., featuring four dancers. Such a
Forsythe as this has never before been seen in Russia. The choreographer himself
will be coming to St Petersburg for a few days to supervise the final rehearsals
of the ballets.
There will be two galas during the festival. On 5 March Yekaterina Kondaurova will be dancing the
lead female roles in all three parts of Balanchine’s Jewels; normally, Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds are
danced by different soloists. 8 March will be an evening of Vladimir Shklyarov, 2013 marking ten years of
his performing career. Vladimir Shklyarov will be dancing
Rubies with Olesya Novikova, Le Jeune Homme et la mort with Yekaterina Kondaurova and The
Shades, the final act of La Bayadère, with Dorothée Gilbert, a
soloist with the Paris Opéra Ballet. For Vladimir Shklyarov’s gala, the foyer on the
third-level balcony will be hosting a photo exhibition of works by Alexander
Gulyaev recording the dancer in various roles in his repertoire.
Ulyana Lopatkina will be appearing as Tytania
in Balanchine’s A Midsimmer Night’s Dream on 6 March. Other roles will be performed by Maria Shirinkina, Timur Askerov, Andrei Yermakov and Filipp Stepin.
Another festival highlight will be a creative workshop of young
choreographers, at which Vladimir Varnava, Nikita Dmitrievsky, Ilya Petrov, Anton Pimonov, Yuri Smekalov and Emil Faski will be
showcasing their works. After the performance there will be a discussion of the
pieces. If these choreographers’ works prove successful then these miniatures
may enter the theatre’s repertoire.
The theatre will be commemorating seventy-five years
since the birth of Rudolf Nureyev with a performance of La Bayadère featuring Oxana Skorik, Yekaterina Osmolkina and English National
Ballet Lead Principal Vadim Muntagirov as well as two intriguing
exhibitions. Together with the Viktor Chernomyrdin Foundation, in the Dress
Circle Foyer the theatre will be hosting the exhibition Nureyev –
Dance, and from 28 February to 7 March the foyer on the third-level balcony
will be hosting Valentin Baranovsky’s photo exhibition Nureyev – the Last
Visit recording Nureyev’s well-remembered return to the Kirov Theatre as
James in La Sylphide in 1989.
Festival guest performers include Svetlana Zakharova and Vladislav Lantratov (Bolshoi Theatre of Russia,
Giselle), Vadim Muntagirov (English National Ballet
Lead Principal, La Bayadère), Olga Esina (Wiener Staatsballett, Swan
Lake) and Chase Finlay (New York City Ballet,
The festival concludes on 10 March with a gala concert featuring all the stars.
During the festival lecturer Grigory Chicherin will be giving a class for the
Mariinsky Ballet and the guest artists.
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