The mere mention of the legendary Kirov Ballet creates a stir in the ballet world. This is the extraordinary company for which Tchaikovsky composed some of his most soaring scores-for which the great choreographer Marius Petipa created his most glorious dances-and which gave the world immortal dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Markova, and Rudolf Nureyev. The Kirov Ballet is the world's oldest company; it was formed more than 250 years ago in St. Petersburg, Russia, where it still resides today, performing in the grand Mariinsky Theater. For two centuries the Kirov has been the epitome of classical ballet at its finest, with astonishing dancers whose grace, skill, and athleticism are unparalleled; to witness them is "a most precious gift" (The Times of London). This February, the Kirov Ballet performs the first engagement of a historic 10-year commitment to the Kennedy Center, dancing two of its most famous productions: Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty and George Balanchine's Jewels.
Jewels (February 13, 14)
Balanchine created a dance revolution with Jewels, a plotless ballet that makes dancing itself the subject. Presenting great variety of music and choreography, Jewels provides wonderful opportunities for the Kirov's leading couples, soloists, and the superbly talented corps de ballet to shine.
The Sleeping Beauty (February 12, 15, 16 matinee & evening and 17 matinee)
The curtain rose on The Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky Theater in 1890, and immediately it entered the canon of ballet's most beloved works. This production recreates all the splendid costumes and sets, and all the resplendent choreography of the original classic. The response to this ambitious effort has been more than enthusiastic. "Wonderful.... if you love Petipa, this is one production you have to see" (The Times of London).
Presentation of the Kirov-Mariinsky Ballet is made possible through the generous support of Alberto Vilar.
- Mariinsky Ballet: Working Rehearsal When Tchaikovsky composed his scores, he specifically wrote them for the Mariinsky Ballet. At this rehearsal, students experience a rare glimpse behind the scenes of this artistic dynasty. The Mariinsky Ballet presents Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty.
- "Beauty Restored" KC News article
- History of St. Petersburg
- History of the Mariinsky Theatre Home of the Mariinsky Ballet
- Universal Ballet Academy (Formerly The Kirov Academy of Ballet) Russian academy of ballet located in Washington, D.C.
- About Ballet at the Kennedy Center
Watch and Listen
Listen to excerpt one of Igor Stravinsky's "Capriccioso for Piano and Orchestra" from Jewels
Listen to excerpt two of Igor Stravinsky's "Capriccioso for Piano and Orchestra" from Jewels
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