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3rd INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL "MARIINSKY" (2003)
 

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III International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY
February 21, 2003 - March 2, 2003
Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev

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World ballet stars Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg (London Royal Ballet),
Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski and Jock Soto (New York City Ballet),
Agnes Letestu, Laetitia Pujol, Eleonora Abbagnato,
Jose Martinez, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Karl Paquette, Herve Moreau
(Opera de Paris),
Vladimir Malakhov (American Ballet Theatre), Nikolay Ziskaridze (Bolshoi Ballet),
Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Daria Pavlenko, Zhanna Ayupova,
Irma Nioradze, Yulia Makhalina, Natalia Sologub,
Danila Korsuntsev, Andrian Fadeyev, Anton Korsakov
(Mariinsky Ballet)
will be performing at the MARIINSKY Ballet Festival


The Mariinsky Theatre will be running the III International Ballet Festival Mariinsky from 21st February to 2nd March 2003. This is currently the only classical dance festival in Russia whose participants are leading dancers from the world´s leading ballet companies.
The Festival´s motto is The Theatre of Open Doors. After many years of isolation, the Mariinsky Theatre is renewing the practice of inviting companies and soloists to tour. We are convinced that their performances in ballets in the theatre´s repertoire will do more than refresh our regular theatre-goers. Sharing different ideas and comparing schools and techniques professionally are necessary for any theatre to function properly.
Vladimir Malakhov, Carlos Acosta, Jose-Manuel Carreno, Ethan Stiefel (all with ABT) Nikolay Ziskaridze (Bolshoi Theatre), Agnes Letestu, Jose Martinez, Aurelie Dupont, Nicolas Le Riche and Manuel Legris (all with the Opera de Paris) have danced together with Mariinsky Theatre ballet soloists Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova, Irma Nioradze, Igor Zelensky, Farukh Ruzimatov, Andrian Fadeyev and Danila Korsuntsev in the Festival´s performances and Gala Concerts. For many, this marked their debut not only at the Mariinsky Theatre but in Russia as well.
One of the Festival´s major attractions is provided by performances of the leading European ballet companies that are invited to take part. John Neumeier´s Hamburger Ballett and the Bayerische Staatsballet have performed at the Festival. The Festival also saw the first Russian performance by Ballett Frankfurt, headed by renowned choreographerWilliam Forsythe.
This year´s Festival will see the debuts of leading soloists from the New York City Ballet - Damian Woetzel, Wendy Whelan and Maria Kowroski will be dancing in Russia for the first time. As before, we will be joined by Agnes Letestu, Jose Martinez, Jean-Guillaume Bart and Manuel Legris, our friends from the Opera de Paris. We are pleased to have Alina Cojocaru, the hope and rising star of London´s Royal Ballet and her partner Johan Kobborg, a wonderful representative of the classical Danish school, at the Festival. (Mr Kobborg currently dances with the Royal Ballet.) Vladimir Malakhov (ABT, Staatsoper Unter den Linden) and Nikolay Ziskaridze (Bolshoi Theate) are also regular participants of the Festival.

This year, the Final Gala Concert will be a tribute to Rudolf Nureyev who began his career at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre.


! PREMIERE !
21, Fri
evening
OPENING OF THE III INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL MARIINSKY

La Bayadère

ballet in four acts (seven scenes) with an apotheosis (revival of the 1900 production)
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Soloists: Diana Vishneva, Elvira Tarasova, Andrian Fadeyev
Conductor: Mikhail Sinkevich
22, Sat
evening
Cinderella
ballet in three acts
Music: Sergey Prokofiev
Choreography: Alexey Ratmansky (2002)
Soloists: Natalia Sologub, Irma Nioradze, Andrey Merkuriev
Conductor: Mikhail Agrest
! PREMIERE !
23, Sun
evening
La Bayadère
ballet in four acts (seven scenes) with an apotheosis (revival of the 1900 production)
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Soloists: Daria Pavlenko, Yekaterina Osmolkina, Nikolay Ziskaridze (Bolshoi Theatre)
Conductor: Mikhail Sinkevich
24, Mon
evening
Giselle
fantastic ballet in two acts
Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa (1884 version)
Soloists: Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg (Royal Ballet)
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
25, Tue
evening
Jewels - International
ballet in three parts
Emeralds: Laetitia Pujol-Karl Paquette, Eleonora Abbagnato-Yann Bridard (Opera de Paris)
Rubies: Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Jock Soto (NYCB)
Diamonds: Daria Pavlenko, Daniil Korsuntsev
Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
26, Wed
evening
Themes and variations of classical ballet

Variations on a Romantic Theme
Variations on a Folklore Theme
Variations on a Spanish Theme: Agnes Letestu, Jean-Guillaume Bart (Opera de Paris)
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
! PREMIERE !
27, Thu
18:00
I. Princess Pirlipat, or Worthiness Punished (premiere)
II. The Nutcracker

Libretto, sets, costumes and production: Mihail Chemiakin
Choreography: Kirill Simonov
Soloists: Natalia Sologub, Andrey Mercuriev, Yekaterina Kondaurova
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
28, Fri
evening
Manon
ballet in three acts
Music: Jules Massenet
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan (1974)
Soloists: Svetlana Zakharova, Ilya Kuznetsov
Conductor: Gustavo Plis-Sterenberg
1, Sat
evening
Swan Lake
fantasty ballet in three acts, four scenes
Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Revised choreography and stage direction by Konstantin Sergeyev (1950)
Soloists: Maria Kowroski (NYCB), Daniil Korsuntsev
Conductor: Boris Gruzin
2, Sun
evening
END OF THE III INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL MARIINSKY

"In Honour of Nureyev"
International Stars Gala


I. Nederlands Dans Theater - Jiri Kylian - Bella Figura
II. Divertissement
III. Raymonda (3rd act): Agnes Letestu, Jean-Guillaume Bart (Opera de Paris)
                                                                                                                                                                                     


The cast-list is subject to change
The programme is subject to change

Evening performances begin at 7.00 unless otherwise stated.


GENERAL SPONSOR OF THE FESTIVAL

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In cooperation with

Hotel ASTORIA

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World-known music festival "The Stars of the White Nights". Artistic director - Valery Gergiev (Mariinky (Kirov) Opera and Ballet)World-known music festival "The Stars of the White Nights".
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