Acclaimed Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg Plays Two Week Engagement
By: Ellis Nassour
A ballet-lover’s dream and certainly destined to be one of the prime highlights of the dance season, the Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia, helping celebrate its 80th Anniversary with their first visit to the U.S., will do four classic programs over two weeks, November 11 – 23, at the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. All programs begin a 7:30 P. M., except where noted. The Mikhailovsky is being presented by Ardani Artists and with support from the Russian Ministry of Culture. Programs will feature world class dancers and choreographers and be accompanied by a live orchestra. There’ll be eye-popping, colorful costumes and imposing set design.
The ballet company was founded by Fyodor Lopukhov in 1933. Even before its official founding, in 1923, Giorgi Balanchivadze, whom we know as the legendary George Balanchine, staged dances there. The company combines classical traditions with a modern look, and does not shy away from experimental programs. It’s now helmed by ballet master in chief Mikhail Messerer.
Giselle, featuring in rotation principal dancers Natalia Osipova and Anastasia Sobleva
and Leonid Sarafanov, Victor Lebedev, and Ivan Vasilev.
Choreographed by Nikita Dolgushin
The performance, featuring abundant historical details, offers a striking contrast. Act I
is lively, set in a festive village; Act II, in the gloomy netherworld where the idyll of
the love story is destroyed by treachery.
The Flames of Paris, featuring in rotation Oksana Bondareva and Angelina Vorontsova
by Ivan Zaytsev and Ivan Vasiliev.
Choreography by Vasily Vaynonen, revised by Mikhail Messerer
The ballet, first staged in 1932, is set against the French Revolution with antagonism between the sybaritic royal court and the rebellious masses, demanding liberty,
equality, and fraternity.
November 18 and 19
Three Centuries of Russian Ballet, three ballet one-acts:
The Cavalry Halt
Music: Ivan Armsheimer; libretto and choreography: Marius Petipa; revived by Pyotr Gusev
Music: Alexander Glazunov, Anatoly Lyadov, Anton Rubinstein, Dmitri Shostakovich;
and Alexander Tseitlin
Choreography: Asaf Messerer. Staged by Mikhail Messerer
Music: George Handel, Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten
Choreography and costume design: Nacho Duato
Lighting Designer: Brad Fields
November 20 and 21 at 7:30; 22 at 2 and 8; 23 at 2
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky; Nina Anisimova, Igor Belsky, Robert Gerbek, Kasyan Goleyzovsky, and Fyodor Lopukhov; revived by Mikhail Messerer.
Tickets are $89-$129 and available at the Koch box office, where you can purchase a multi-program pack