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234th Season

XII International Ballet Festival "Mariinsky"

Mariinsky Ballet Festival 2012

23 March - 1 April 2012
Mariinsky Theatre and the Concert Hall 
Artistic Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev 


The XII International Ballet Festival "Mariinsky" 2012

Ballets by Marius PetipaAugust BournonvilleGeorge Balanchine, Roland Petit, Maurice Bejart, Angelin Preljocaj and Alexei Ratmansky performed by stars of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Bolshoi Theatre, London’s Royal Ballet, New York City Ballet, the Wiener Staatsoper, Het Nationale Ballet and the Bejart Ballet Lausanne.

The XII International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY will run from 22 March to 1 April 2012. The festival opens with a premiere – the revival of Roland Petit’s 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 Petit’s choreography which are scrupulously guarded by his heirs, will be Vladimir Shklyarov.

The same evening will see a performance of George Balanchine’s ballet Prodigal Son to music by Sergei Prokofiev, created for Diaghilev’s Saisons russes in 1929, featuring Teresa Reichlen and Daniel Ulbricht, soloists with the New York City Ballet, the guardian and protector of the great choreographer’s style and technique.

In line with tradition, the great classical ballets in the Mariinsky Theatre’s 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 – regular participants at the festival and darlings of St Petersburg audiences – London’s 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 choreographer’s death the Bejart Ballet Lausanne, now directed by Gil Roman, will be bringing four of the ballet-master’s works to St Petersburg – Bolero, Ce que l’amour me dit, Cantate 51 and the pas de deux Helene et Euphorion (from the ballet Notre Faust) as well as Roman’s ballet La ou sont les oiseaux (27 and 28 March 2012).

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 KorsuntsevYevgeny IvanchenkoIgor KolbAlexander Sergeyev and Andrei Yermakov, with guest soloists including Wiener Staatsballett ballerina Olga Yesina in the pas de deux from Petit’s ballet Leda and the Swan, Vera Arbuzova and Andrei Kasianenko in a highlight from Eifman’s ballet Red Giselle and Bejart 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 Preljocaj’s 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 Ratmansky’s ballet Anna Karenina (31 March 2012).

The festival closes on 1 April 2012 with a grand Gala Concert with all of the festival’s 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 year’s 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 Theatre. 


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 VinevshaUlyana Lopatkina, Alina Somova, Viktoria TereshkinaYekaterina KondaurovaIgor 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 CojocaruJohan 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.

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St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg

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