St Petersburg, Mariinsky II

The Four Seasons

ballet in two acts


Kristina Shapran and Xander Parish

Performed to recorded music


Music by Max Richter (based on the music by Antonio Vivaldi)
Choreographer and Set Designer: Ilya Zhivoi
Costume Designer: Sofia Vartanian
Design Technician: Alexei Tantsyrev
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin


The Four Seasons is Ilya Zhivoi’s first full-length ballet. Ilya Zhivoi, a dancer with the Mariinsky Theatre and a regular participant of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, has been annually presenting new productions on his home stage since 2013. For the last season’s Creative Workshop, Zhivoi prepared a one-act SeasonS to music by Max Richter (featured on his album Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons). The music of the contemporary British composer Max Richter represents a 21st century interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece. Richter kept the shapes, the textures and dynamics of the Vivaldi’s cycle, but in his interpretation the instrumental music of the Baroque hit meets electronic sounds. The Spring and Summer parts of the composer’s album were the basis for the  premiere of SeasonS (2016). Continuing his choreographic exploration of Max Richter’s music, Ilya Zhivoi will presented his two-act ballet at the Stars of the White Nights Festival in 2017. The production is a laureate of the Golden Sofit award.

Premiere: 19 June 2017, Mariinsky Theatre

Running time: 1 hours 30 minutes
The performance has one interval

Age category 6+

The Four Seasons
on the playbill
31 May 2019, 19:00
13 June 2019, 19:00
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