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20 November 2019 (Wed), 19:30 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - Mariinsky II (New Theatre) - Stars of the Stars  Modern Ballet Evening of one-act ballets: Prodigal Son. Russian Overture. Violin Concerto No 2.


Schedule for Evening of one-act ballets: Prodigal Son. Russian Overture. Violin Concerto No 2. 2019/2020

Dancer: Vladimir Shklyarov
Dancer: Yekaterina Osmolkina
Dancer: Andrei Yermakov
Dancer: Maxim Zyuzin
Dancer: Konstantin Zverev
Dancer: Alexei Timofeyev
Dancer: Nadezhda Batoeva
Conductor: Ivan Stolbov
Dancer: Viktoria Brilyova
Dancer: Yekaterina Petrova
Dancer: Vasily Tkachenko


Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet


PRODIGAL SON

ballet in three scenes

Credits

Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography by George Balanchine (1929)
Libretto by Boris Kochno (after the biblical parable)

Scenery and costumes: Georges Rouault
Scenery executed by Prince A. Schervashidze
Costumes executed by Vera Soudeikina
Staging: Karin von Aroldingen and Paul Boos
Original lighting design: Ronald Bates
Lighting: Vladimir Lukasevich


Synopsis

Prodigal Son was the last work Balanchine made for Diaghilev’s Ballets russes in 1929 with Serge Lifar in the role of the Prodigal Son; it was revived in 1950 by the New York City Ballet with Jerome Robbins in the title role. Its music by Prokofiev was written for the ballet, and its costumes and décor were created by Rouault, making it a perfect example of the collaborative efforts among artists that produced some of the best works of the Diaghilev era. New for a Diaghilev ballet was the Biblical theme and the religious spirit. In seeking eternal themes and turning to past artistic devices, western artists were trying to avoid the complete intellectual and artistic degeneration towards which their rootless experimentation was leading.

Prodigal Son anticipated the trend toward religion of the 1930s and 40s. It was Diaghilev’s fate that he would always be ahead of fashion, even when he believed he had turned his back on vogue. The return of Prodigal Son to St Petersburg is of great significance. For the first time, a ballet of the most radical, late period of Diaghilev’s Saisons russes has returned to the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. That period of Russian and world ballet has come home, which until recently was under artistic (avant-garde aesthetics of the late Diaghilev era) and ideological (use of religious motifs) censorship.

With the return of Prodigal Son, the Mariinsky Theatre and its generation of young dancers have begun to restore an objective picture of the development of ballet in the 20th century.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Prodigal Son was George Balanchine’s sixth ballet, staged at the Mariinsky Theatre after the ban was lifted on émigré names. By that time the dancers had already assimilated Balanchine’s complex neoclassical dance language and performed dazzlingly in that great choreographer’s plot-less ballets. But here the company had to discover Balanchine anew: because if his other works were basically formed on a modernist rethinking of the classical Russian school then Prodigal Son, created by the choreographer during his time with Diaghilev, is pure avant-garde, art of an entirely different nature. Balanchine approached the evangelical parable without any obvious piety: he staged Prodigal Son in the spirit of the age, as a montage of attractions. But despite all the hooligan-like escapades and the grotesque, the philosophical idea of the plot may be read easily, and Balanchine filled the title character with such drama and artistic truth that it has continued to attract the world’s greatest dancers for almost ninety years.
Inna Sklyarevskaya


Premiere: 21 May 1929, Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilev, Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 14 December 2001

Running time: 40 minutes

Age category: 12+


RUSSIAN OVERTURE

one-act ballet

Credits

Music by Sergei Prokofiev (Russian Overture for Symphony Orchestra, Op. 72)

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Choreography by Maxim Petrov
Conductor: Ivan Stolbov
Scenography by Anastasia Travkina and Sergei Zhdanov
Costume Designer: Tatiana Noginova
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

The eponymous music was written in 1936. Prokofiev had just returned to homeland after twenty years of travelling and was counting on instant success: genuine folkloric melodies, accessible language, colourful orchestration – the nature of the carnival referring to Stravinsky’s Pétrouchka and Prokofiev’s Chout. Taking up after the composer, who was attracted by generalisations and theatrical exaggerations, the choreographer Maxim Petrov does not depict a specific Russia – before us we do not have the Thirtieth Kingdom, where there is always an abundance of feasting, the sun always shines and the merriment lasts until the eyes close.
Bogdan Korolyok

Premiere: 4 July 2016, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

Running time: 15 minutes

Age category: 6+


VIOLIN CONCERTO NO 2

one-act ballet

Credits

Music by Sergei Prokofiev (Violin Concerto No 2 in G Minor)

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Choreography by Anton Pimonov
Conductor: Ivan Stolbov
Scenography by Anastasia Travkina and Sergei Zhdanov
Costume Designer: Arina Boganova
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Anton Pimonov has turned to international language, to balletic neoclassicism. The main themes are movement and love of classical dance – the choreographer interprets this after the manner of Balanchine. This is partially reflected in the title, Violin Concerto No 2, an echo of Balanchine’s own Violin Concerto, but with a respectful secondary number.
Bogdan Korolyok

Premiere: 4 July 2016, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

Running time: 30 minutes

Age category: 6+




Schedule for Evening of one-act ballets: Prodigal Son. Russian Overture. Violin Concerto No 2. 2019/2020


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