St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Prodigal Son.
Tchaikovsky Pas de deux.
Theme and Variations – revived for the first time

one act ballets


Prodigal Son
The Prodigal Son – Mikhail Lobukhin
The Siren – Viktoria Kutepova

Apollo – Alexander Sergeyev
Terpsichore – Yekaterina Osmolkina
Polyhimnia – Marianna Agafonova
Calliope – Anastasia Nikitina

Tchaikovsky Pas de deux
Alina Somova, Anton Korsakov

Theme and Variations
Viktoria Tereshkina, Vladimir Shklyarov



Music: Sergey Prokofiev, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine

Prodigal Son
ballet in three scenes

Music: Sergey Prokofiev (Op. 46, 1928-29)
Choreography: George Balanchine (1929)
Book: Boris Kochno (after the biblical parable)
Scenery and costumes: Georges Rouault (1929)
Scenery executed: Prince A. Schervashidze
Costumes executed: Vera Soudeikina
Staging: Karin von Aroldingen and Paul Boos
Lighting: Vladimir Lukasevich

Premiere: May 21, 1929, Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilev, Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris
Premiere in the Mariinsky Theatre: December, 14, 2001

Running time: 40 minutes

ballet in two scenes

Music: Igor Stravinsky (Apollon musagete)
Choreography: George Balanchine (1928)
Libretto: Igor Stravinsky
Staging: Francia Russell
Original lighting design: Ronald Bates
Lighting: Vladimir Lukasevich

World premiere: 12 June 1928, Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilev, Théâtre Sarah Bernhart, Paris
Premiere of last revived version at the Mariinsky Theatre: 30 April 1998

Running time: 33 minutes

Tchaikovsky Pas de deux

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine (1960)
Staging: Francia Russell
Costume design: Karinska

World premiere: 29 March 1960, New York City Ballet, New York City Center of Music and Drama, New York
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 30 April 1998, St Petersburg

Running time: 10 minutes


Theme and Variations

a classical ballet

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky (final movement of Suite No.3 for orchestra in G major, 1884)
Choreography: George Balanchine (1947)
Staging: Francia Russel
Costumes: Galina Solovieva (1989)
Lighting design: Vladimir Lukasevich

Premiere: November 26, 1947, Ballet Theatre, City Center of Music and Drama, New York
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: April, 16, 1989

Running time: 25 minutes


The Ballets of George Balanchine Prodigal Son, Apollo, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux, Theme and Variations is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® service standards established and provided by the Trust

The Mariinsky Theatre would like to express its gratitude to Mrs Bettina von Siemens for her support in bringing the "Ballets of George Balanchine" project to life

Age category 12+

Concuctors:  Pavel BubelnikovMikhail Agrest
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