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The X International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY
15 April 2010 - 25 April 2010

SCHEDULE 15 April 2010 - 25 April 2010

The X International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY From 15 to 25 April the Mariinsky Theatre will be running its anniversary tenth International Ballet Festival one of the highlights of the world's ballet season which draws balletomanes from across the globe to St Petersburg. The festival will see performances by Alina Cojocaru ( Royal Opera House, Covent Garden ), David Hallberg and Daniil Simkin ( American Ballet Theatre ), Polina Semionova ( Staatsballett Berlin ), Mathieu Ganio ( Opera de Paris ), leading Bolshoi Theatre soloists Natalia Osipova, Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova and Andrei Uvarov and lead Mariinsky Theatre Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria Teryoshkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Igor Zelensky, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrian Fadeyev and Vladimir Shklyarov.

In line with tradition, the festival opens with a premiere. This year it will be Rodion Shchedrin's ballet Anna Karenina with choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, making it the ballet master's latest work for the Mariinsky Theatre. In the premiere performances the lead roles will be performed by Diana Vishneva ( 15 April ) and Ulyana Lopatkina ( 16 April ), two outstanding Mariinsky Theatre ballerinas with different artistic temperaments and performing styles. They will be partnered by Andrian Fadeyev ( 15 April ) and Yuri Smekalov ( 16 April ).

Ratmansky's Anna Karenina has been a ballet hit throughout Europe in recent years. Initially staged by the choreographer for the Danish National Ballet, it has subsequently been performed by other great ballet companies throughout the world; it has also received the prestigious Benois de la danse prize.

Another premiere of the festival will be the legendary Shchedrin-Bizet Carmen Suite with choreography by Alberto Alonso. The production is being staged at the Mariinsky Theatre with the participation of Maya Plisetskaya, the first performer of the role of Carmen in this ballet. The Mariinsky Theatre premiere on 19 April will be performed by Ulyana Lopatkina.

One of the festival's highlights will be the Evening of Young Choreographers on 23 April, where three young contemporary choreographers Edwaard Liang, Emil Faski and Yuri Smekalov will present their one-act ballets, created specially for the Mariinsky Ballet Company's leading soloists Yekaterina KondaurovaViktoria Teryoshkina and Leonid Sarafanov.

The IX International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY. Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet theatreYet another highlight of the festival will be a performance featuring by stars of the world's greatest ballet companies together with Mariinsky Theatre partners in a programme of duets from the Mariinsky Theatre's gold reserves. In Romeo and Juliet with choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky, on 17 April Polina Semionova ( Staatsballett Berlin ) will be performing alongside Vladimir Shklyarov ( Mariinsky Theatre ); in La Bayadere on 18 April, the lead roles will be danced by Viktoria Teryoshkina and Igor Zelensky ( Mariinsky Theatre ) and Maria Alexandrova ( Bolshoi Theatre ); on the evening of 19 April the title role in George Balanchine's Apollo will be performed by Mathieu Ganio ( Opera de Paris ); on 20 April Natalia Osipova ( Bolshoi Theatre ) will be performing Giselle together with Leonid Sarafanov ( Mariinsky Theatre ); Swan Lake on 21 April will feature the duo of Svetlana Zakharova and Andrei Uvarov ( both Bolshoi Theatre ); and on 24 April Alina Somova ( Mariinsky Theatre ) and David Hallberg ( American Ballet Theatre ) will be performing the lead roles in The Sleeping Beauty.


Click to enlargeOutstanding past masters of the Kirov Theatre Tatiana Vecheslova and Vakhtang Chabukiani are to be honoured with a performance of Giselle on 20 April and La Bayadere on 18 April.

During the festival, there will be master classes by Michel Denart, Principal Coach and Ballet-Master at the Opera de Paris, and Grigory Chicherin, Principal Coach at the National Ballet Academy in Amsterdam.

The festival draws to a close on 25 April with a gala concert featuring soloists of the Mariinsky Ballet Company and guest soloists including David Hallberg, Daniil Simkin and Alina Cojocaru among others.

VTB - General Sponsor of the X Mariinsky International Ballet Festival
In line with tradition, the festival is being run with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
The production of the ballet Anna Karenina has been made possible thanks to the support of the Deutsch-Russische Ballettstiftung.
The Astoria is the recommended hotel for festival guests.

About Mariinsky Ballet Festivals


Click to enlargeThe International Ballet Festival Mariinsky was launched in 2001. The Festivals main aim is to draw the stars of world ballet to Russias cultural capital. The Mariinsky Ballet Company is known well beyond St Petersburg, though guest appearances by renowned illustrious foreign dancers and companies were very rare prior to the Mariinsky Ballet Festival.

Each year the Mariinsky Ballet Festival brings together the worlds best dancers and the playbill lists a programme of works performed by various ballet companies. Since the founding of the Festival, the theatre's stage has witnessed performances by such internationally acclaimed ballet dancers as Vladimir Malakhov, Agnes Letestu, Aurelie Dupont, Matthieu Ganio, Roberto Bolle, Maria Kowroski, Manuel Legris, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Paloma Herrera, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Svetlana Zakharova. In line with tradition, the Mariinsky Theatre will present a premiere at the opening of the Festival, which will conclude with a grand gala concert by stars of world ballet.


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"Mariinsky" International Ballet Festival 2011 will take place at the World-known Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera theatre 15 - 25 April 2011.
The schedule will be announced in January-February 2011. If you are interested in playbill for 2011, just fill in the form below or call us. As soon as the playbill is announced, we will let you know immediately.
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