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Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadere

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadère

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Ballet

Replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal, and a spectral voyage to the afterlife, this enchanting journey to a fabled past radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments. Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and this dazzling ballet continues to be "theirs" well into the 21st century.

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Mariinsky Ballet
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, conductor

"An unbroken line of arabesques that stops the heart with its grace"—The Telegraph (London)

 "This Bayadère is a magnificent statement about what the Mariinsky troupe has meant and still prodigiously means after so many years." —Financial Times

A spectacular evocation of the Romantic ideal, the "Kingdom of the Shades" scene in La Bayadère is one of the most spellbinding and iconic in all of ballet--and the Mariinsky is known the world over for doing it best. When the legendary company last performed this classic here in 2008, the engagement was a sold-out smash, leaving ballet lovers craving an encore. Nearly a decade later, the return of the Mariinsky's La Bayadère is an exciting event you can't afford to miss, presented as part of the company's celebration of Marius Petipa's 200th anniversary.
 
Replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal, and a spectral voyage to the afterlife, this enchanting journey to a fabled past radiates with colorful characters, vibrant sets and costumes, and virtuosic moments. But nothing will prepare you for the entrance of the "Shades," a seemingly endless line of ghostly maidens in white, floating in perfect synchronicity across the stage. Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and this dazzling ballet continues to be "theirs" well into the 21st century. 

Performance Timing: Act One - 43 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 41 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Three - 37 min.

La Bayadère – ballet in three acts
Music by Ludwig Minkus
Choreography by Marius Petipa (1877)
Revised choreography by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani (1941) with dances by Konstantin Sergeyev and Nikolai Zubkovsky
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Set design by Mikhail Shishliannikov after (set designs by Adolf Kvapp, Konstantin Ivanov, Pyotr Lambin and Orest Allegri)
Costumes by Yevgeny Ponomarev
Lighting Design by Mikhail Shishliannikov     

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PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
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Tues., Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Nikiya: Viktoria Tereshkina
Solor: Kimin Kim
Gamzatti: Anastasia Matvienko

Wed., Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Nikiya: Oxana Skorik
Solor: Andrei Yermakov
Gamzatti: Anastasia Kolegova

Thu., Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Nikiya: Ekaterina Kondaurova
Solor: Timur Askerov
Gamzatti: Nadezhda Batoeva

Fri., Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Nikiya: Viktoria Tereshkina
Solor: Kimin Kim
Gamzatti: Anastasia Matvienko

Sat., Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Nikiya: Oxana Skorik
Solor: Andrei Yermakov
Gamzatti: Anastasia Kolegova

Sat., Oct 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Nikiya: Ekaterina Kondaurova
Solor: Timur Askerov
Gamzatti: Nadezhda Batoeva

Sun., Oct 22 at 1:30 p.m.
Nikiya: Viktoria Tereshkina
Solor: Kimin Kim
Gamzatti: Anastasia Matvienko