Mariinsky Ballet: Petipa's Raymonda

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - Sunday, February 28, 2016

Russia's legendary company returns with the last "grand ballet" of the 19th century. Set in medieval times, the story follows a beautiful countess torn between her betrothed, a crusading knight, and the arrival of a handsome warrior.

Price:

$49.00 - $225.00

Run Time:

2-3/4 hours

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About

MARIINSKY BALLET
Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre
Yuri Fateev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company
 
THE BRILLIANT RUSSIAN CLASSIC!
 
RAYMONDA
Choreography by Marius Petipa (1898), revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev (1948) with choreographic fragments by Fyodor Lopukhov
Music by Alexander Glazunov
Libretto by Lidia Pashkova and Marius Petipa based on a medieval legend
Set and costume design by Simon Virsaladze
 
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
Gavriel Heine, conductor

 
"The [Mariinsky's] dancing is unfailingly elegant."
--The Washington Post
 
"Otherworldly… what a stride these elegant men and women display within this storybook realm"
--The Wall Street Journal

Check out the Raymonda Cuesheet!

PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
2/23 eve. | 2/26 eve. | 2/28 mat.
Raymonda: Oxana Skorik
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Timur Askerov
Abderakhman: Konstantin Zverev
René de Brienne: Soslan Kulaev
Ali: Islom Baimuradow
Henrietta: Nadezhda Batoeva (2/23 & 28); Nadezhda Gonchar (2/26)
Clémence: Kristina Shapran (2/23 & 28); Yekaterina Chebykina (2/26)
 
2/24 eve. | 2/27 eve.
Raymonda: Yekaterina Kondaurova
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Daniil Korsuntsev
Abderakhman: Yuri Smekalov
René de Brienne: Soslan Kulaev
Ali: Islom Baimuradow
Henrietta: Nadezhda Gonchar
Clémence: Yekaterina Chebykina
 
2/25 eve. | 2/27 mat.
Raymonda: Anastasia Kolegova
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Yevgeny Ivanchenko
Abderakhman: Yuri Smekalov (2/25); Konstantin Zverev (2/27)
René de Brienne: Soslan Kulaev
Ali: Islom Baimuradow
Henrietta: Nadezhda Batoeva
Clémence: Kristina Shapran

For its 14th consecutive season at the Kennedy Center, Russia's legendary Mariinsky Ballet returns with Marius Petipa's Raymonda, widely considered the last "grand ballet" of the 19th century. George Balanchine, who began his career in the Mariinsky corps, once called Alexander Glazunov's score, filled with spirited rhythms and lilting waltzes, "some of the finest ballet music we have."
 
Set in medieval times, the story follows a beautiful young countess on her birthday, torn between the noble crusading knight Jean de Brienne, to whom she is betrothed, and the unexpected arrival of Abderakhman, a handsome Saracen warrior. Haunted by visions of the White Lady, the ghostly protector of her family's castle, Raymonda struggles to ward off her uninvited guest's seductive powers, while desperately awaiting her fiancé's triumphant return from battle.
 
An extraordinary showcase not only for the Mariinsky's rich Russian heritage, but also the virtuosity of its phenomenal principals, soloists, and corps, Raymonda mesmerizes with a captivating dream sequence, a thrilling duel to the death, and a kaleidoscope of variations displaying the essence of ballet technique. But perhaps this treasured masterpiece is most famous for its grand pas classique hongrois as part of Act III's lavish wedding celebration, with the Mariinsky dancers clad radiantly in white, "all made ballet bright by a smiling and seamless ease of execution" (The Wall Street Journal).

Performance Timing: Act One - 60 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 30 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act Three - 35 min.

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