XVII INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL MARIINSKY
30 March – 9 April 2017
In line with tradition, the festival will open with a premiere. Continuing to restore to the repertoire titles that are significant for St Petersburg ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting a new version of Paquita. This is not a revival of the 19th century ballet created in Paris by the ballet-master Joseph Mazilier which was performed in St Petersburg with choreography by Marius Petipa. Choreographer Yuri Smekalov is working on a new ballet using his own libretto. The famous Grand pas from Act III of Paquita, which adorns the playbill of the Mariinsky Theatre, will be included in the production in an unusual format – Yuri Burlaka is reviving Marius Petipa's choreography on the basis of surviving early 20th century notations.
Once again, the festival's guest company will be the ballet company of the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, which will be presenting its premiere from last season – Swan Lake staged by Alexei Miroshnichenko. This year, the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers acquires the status of an international project – its participants, in addition to the Russians Vladimir Varnava, Maxim Petrov, Ilya Zhivoi and Olga Vasilieva, will include the Brazilian Guilherme Maciel and the American Garrett Smith. Repertoire performances and the final gala concert will see Mariinsky Theatre dancers appear on-stage with Olga Smirnova, Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino, Semyon Chudin, Friedemann Vogel, Daniel Camargo and Cesar Corrales.
II INTERNATIONAL CHORUS FESTIVAL MASLENITSA IN SONG
20 – 26 February 2017
The Mariinsky Theatre will be hosting the Maslenitsa in Song festival for the second time. Once again its programme will be varied and rich in events featuring choral ensembles from Russia, Slovenia, Norway, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and France. The festival will also feature the Mariinsky Orchestra.
The festival opens at the Mariinsky-II with the opera The Snow Maiden by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. On 21 February at the Concert Hall there will be a performance by the Norwegian-Slovenian ensemble Utopia & Reality, while on 22 February the Festino chorus and soloists of the Saarbrücken Kammerchor will appear with a programme of German choral music from the 17th–19th centuries. At the matinee on 23 February the Mariinsky Theatre will host a performance of the opera Brundibár by Hans Krása, which he composed at the Theresienstadt concentration camp not long before his death. In the evening at the same venue there will be a concert by the Mariinsky Chorus with cellist Alexander Ramm. Commencing at noon the following day in the Stravinsky Foyer there will be a major choral marathon, while at the evening concert at the Mariinsky II there will be a performance of Gloria and Magnificat by John Rutter with choruses from the St Petersburg and Moscow Universities. On 25 February at the Stravinsky Foyer folklore ensembles will present a reconstruction of folk Shrovetide events, and in the evening at the Concert Hall the ensembles Le Poème harmonique (Paris) and Intrada (Moscow) will perform French Baroque music. The festival concludes with a matinee performance on 26 February with a concert featuring children's and youth choruses who were winners at the championship of the World Choir Games in 2017.
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19 – 30 December 2016
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13 – 17 December 2016
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20 – 28 October 2016