July 12-16, 2011

The Little Humpbacked Horse by Mariinsky Ballet

July 12-16, 2011
Metropolitan Opera, New York

Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet

It is difficult to imagine an artistic legacy closer to the heart of the classical ballet tradition than that of the Mariinsky Ballet, which has reclaimed that tsarist title after decades of being known by its Soviet name, the Kirov. In its 250 years of performing first on St. Petersburg stages and then around the world, the Mariinsky has given the world some of the greatest dancers and choreographers in the history of the art. Lincoln Center Festival and the Metropolitan Opera have joined forces in this return of the Mariinsky Ballet for these dazzling performances, their first Festival appearances in nearly a decade.

Artistic director Valery Gergiev, the dramatically imaginative musical interpreter who conducts many of these performances, is a passionate supporter of Russian music, especially the colorful orchestrations of Rodion Shchedrin. That love is eminently evident in this series, which includes Shchedrin’s full-length ballets Anna Karenina and The Little Humpbacked Horse, both choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre and a former director of the Bolshoi Ballet.

The acclaimed dancer Diana Vishneva, who The Washington Post recently called “as profoundly moving as I’ve ever seen,” takes center stage. Appearances by other dancers like the up-and-coming stars Yekaterina Kondaurova and Alina Somova and the majestic, glamorous Ulyana Lopatkina (who has “phrasing like an unhurried angel” —Financial Times) make this a not-to-be-missed balletic experience.

This Russian fairy tale features a beautiful firebird, a demanding tsar, an enchanted tsar-maiden, and a faithful humpbacked horse that helps our simple-minded hero in his adventures. This inventive new production by Ratmansky premiered in 2009.

Composer Rodion Shchedrin
Choreography Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto Maxim Isaev
After the tale by Pyotr Yershov
Principal dancers
July 12 Viktoria Tereshkina, Vladimir Shklyarov, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Yuri Smekalov
July 13 Yevgenia Obraztsova, Vladimir Shklyarov, Anastasia Petushkova, Islom Baimuradov
July 16 Alina Somova, Alexander Sergeyev, Anastasia Petushkova, Yuri Smekalov

Co-presented by Lincoln Center Festival and the Metropolitan Opera

Sberbank is the primary sponsor of the Mariinsky Ballet’s performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. VTB Bank, Sberbank, Yoko Ceschina and Gazprom are the principal partners of the Mariinsky Theatre. White Nights Foundation of America is the North American Sponsor of the Mariinsky Theatre. Additional support provided by Aeroflot.

Venue: Metropolitan Opera

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