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  • December
Ballet
08 November / Fri 19:00–21:00
Ballets by George Balanchine
P.I.Tchaikovsky, I. Stravinsky, V.Rieti

One-act ballet in four scenes to the music of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

The ballet was first staged in 1934. This version was first performed in Perm in 2004. Running time: 32 minutes

“The ballet’s only plot is the music of the serenade — a dance under the moon, if you like” was how George Balanchine described his Serenade to Tchaikovsky’s music, tired of the endless questions from journalists trying to find a hidden meaning behind the outward simplicity of the ballet. Serenade was his first production in the USA after his emigration in 1933, when he agreed to a proposal by Lincoln Kirstein, who had a burning desire to create a school of American ballet. The choreography of Serenade was revised five times, from the original version for the School of American Ballet to the production that became part of the repertoire of the newly-formed New York City Ballet, and Balanchine subsequently rewrote the choreography on several occasions. In its current form the ballet consists of four parts: Sonatina, Waltz, Russian Dance, and Elegy. 

The ballet is staged in collaboration with the George Balanchine Foundation in accordance with Balanchine’s style and technique 

The project is staged with financial support from the Pearl of the Urals Foundation 

Age category: 12+
Duration: 2 hours 0 minutes
directors
Conductor: Valentin Uryupin
Set Designer: Elena Solovyova (Russia)
Ballet Master-Producer: Bart Cook

(Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra)

One-act ballet

Choreography by George Balanchine

First staged in 1967. This version was first performed in Perm in 2014. Running time: 19 minutes

Rubies, a well-known movement of the three-act ballet Jewels, today adorns the repertoires of leading theatres across the world.  George Balanchine came up with the idea of creating a triple-bill evening, in which dancers represent jewels when he visited Claude Arpels' jewellery boutique in New York. He was captivated by the idea of putting the feelings and emotions, which people experience at the sight of emeralds, rubies and diamonds, in choreography. For rubies, which, according to legends, contain an incredible power of attraction and fascination, Balanchine chose Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929). The piano concert, written as a fantasy in which alternating and varying musical movements create a feeling of capriciousness, is well-suited for a dance about a precious symbol of passion — a passion for life, power and love.

The ballet is staged in collaboration with the George Balanchine Foundation in accordance with Balanchine’s style and technique

Age category: 12+
Duration: 2 hours 0 minutes
directors
Artistic Director: Alexey Miroshnichenko
Musical Director and Conductor: Valery Platonov
Costume Designer: Barbara Karinska
Ballet Master-Producer: Paul Boos
Set Designer: Andrey Voitenko
Lighting Designer: Igor Zinn

One-act ballet using musical themes from Vincenzo Bellini’s operas

The ballet was first staged in 1946. This version was first performed in Perm in 2001. 

The main enigma of this romantic ballet–melodrama is how the fragile ballerina, who plays the role ofLa Sonnambula, manages to lift the dead Poet and hide with his body in the night-time shadow of an arch. The great ballet master George Balanchine created this rare example (for him) of a ballet with a plot for the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in 1946. The music was written by Italian composer Vittorio Rieti, who used themes from Bellini’s operas. 

Among the characters at a ball, whose faces are concealed by black half-masks, a new guest appears: a Poet, who is instantly captivated by the beauty of a Coquette, the favourite of the Baron hosting the ball.

However, the Poet’s happiness is short-lived, as after the ball, the Baron takes the girl away with him, leaving her lover in solitude. At that very minute a girl with closed eyes holding a burning candle appears in the ruined park... 

Balanchine’s ballet harks back to two of the earliest ballets in history – La Sylphide and Giselle – and the part of La Sonnambula is one of the most difficult in the repertoire. The original title of the ballet was Night Shadow; it was only in 1960 at the New York City Ballet that it came to be known as La Sonnambula. 

The ballet is staged in collaboration with the George Balanchine Foundation in accordance with Balanchine’s style and technique 

The project is staged with financial support from the Pearl of the Urals Foundation

Age category: 12+

Age category: 12+
Duration: 2 hours 0 minutes
directors
Conductor: Valentin Uryupin
Ballet Masters–Producers - Maria Calegari and Bart Cook
Set Designer - Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer - Oleg Molchanov
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