XVIII International Ballet Festival "Mariinsky"
Mariinsky Ballet Festival 2019
21-31 March 2019
Mariinsky Theatre and New Mariinsky Theatre
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
The XVIII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky will open with the Russian premiere of Push Сomes to Shove, which Twyla Tharp created for Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1976. The humorous production staged by the prolific modern dance choreographer for the star of classical ballet will feature the Mariinsky Theatre’s principal dancers.
The Mariinsky’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers brings on board new participants this year: Alexander Sergeev and Vladimir Shklyarov, two favorites with the public, will try their hand at choreography. Shklyarov will also appear in their joint work with Alexander Chelidze. Yuri Smekalov and Ilya Zhivoi, whose works are already featured in the Mariinsky Theatre’s repertoire, will present their new works, as well as Dmitry Pimonov, who took part in the Creative Workshop last year. The project is truly international thanks to the participation of Melanie Hamrick, who will present her work set to Mick Jagger’s music and performed by the American Ballet Theatre dancers.
As tradition goes, the festival’s playbill is graced with the names of guest stars. Repertoire productions and the closing gala with feature the Mariinsky Theatre performers as well as Natalia Osipova, Lauren Cuthbertson, Olga Smirnova, Maria Alexandrova, and Vladislav Lantratov.
About International Ballet Festivals "MARIINSKY"
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 Vinevsha, 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.