Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre
Yuri Fateev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Gavriel Heine, guest conductor
Le Sacre du printemps (Stravinsky/Hodson inspired by Nijinsky)
Pavlenko (1/27, 29, 31m, 2/1m), Petushkova (1/28, 30, 31e)
Le Spectre de la Rose (Weber/Fokine)
Shapran & Shklyarov (1/27), Selina & Kim (1/28), Shapran & Stepin (1/29), Shapran & Kim (1/30), Selina & Latypov (1/31m), Selina & Kim (1/31e), Shapran & Stepin (2/1m)
The Swan (Saint-Saëns/Fokine)
Lopatkina (1/27), Shapran (1/28, 31m), Skorik (1/29, 31e), Kondaurova (1/30, 2/1m)
Paquita Grand Pas (Minkus/Petipa)
Soloists: Lopatkina & Ivanchenko (1/27), Kondaurova & Yermakov (1/28, 31m), A. Matvienko & Askerov (1/29, 31e), Skorik & Ivanchenko (1/30, 2/1m)
Variations: Ivannikova, Shapran, Marchuk, Asaben, A. Matvienko (1/27, 28, 31m); Nikitina, Shapran, Marchuk, Asaben, Kondaurova (1/29); Ivannikova, Kondaurova, Marchuk, Asaben, A. Matvienko (1/30, 2/1m); Ivannikova, Shapran, Marchuk, Asaben, Kondaurova (1/31e)
"Awesome in its perfection of style, its technical power and assurance, its unanimity of spirit, and in the majestic scale of it all"
--The Washington Post
"A triumph for what is still proudly tender and harmonious in Russian ballet"
--The Washington Post
For their 13th annual visit to the Kennedy Center, St. Petersburg's great Mariinsky Ballet brings an exceptional program of Russian choreographers.
Danced to a 90-person orchestra performing music by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du printemps ("The Rite of Spring") was created by Vaslav Nijinsky for the 1913 season of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris. A work that startled and shocked audiences when it debuted, its avant-garde primitivism challenged the refined beauty of the status quo: bearded men in long shirts and rustic peasant shoes, deliberately awkward movements, heavy leaps landing on flat feet, and the hitherto unseen wild dance. Once thought lost forever, the work was reconstructed after years of research by Millicent Hodson. The piece was described by late conductor Serge Koussevitsky as embodying "the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring."
Michel Fokine's Le Spectre de la Rose, set to music by Carl Maria von Weber, portrays a young girl returning home alone with a rose from her first ball. After she falls asleep, the rose comes to life and dances with her in her dreams. The ballet was made famous after Nijinsky, who originated the role of the rose, finished the performance with a leap through an onstage window.
Set to Camille Saint-Saëns's cello solo, Le Cygne, Fokine's The Swan was created for Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova and was debuted at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg in 1907.
Marius Petipa's Paquita Grand Pas is part of a three-act ballet about a young gypsy girl who is actually of noble birth. Danced to music by Ludwig Minkus, the Grand Pas is often excerpted.
Performance Timing: 2 hours, 15 minutes--Piece 1 - 40 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Pieces 2&3 - 15 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Piece 4 - 40 min.