Wednesday, April 2, 2008

The Riches of the Kirov

New York balletomanes are in for a royal treat when the Kirov Ballet performs at New York City Center from April 1 through 20.

The grand scale of this event is merely hinted at in the statistics: 100 dancers from this 200-year old St. Petersburg, Russia-based company performing 19 works in six different programs. Some of the finest ballet dancers today will be performing during this substantial run, including Diana Vishneva, Andrian Fadeev, Uliana Lopatkina, Leonid Sarafanov, Alina Somova, Danila Korsuntsev, and Igor Kolb. The company's artistic director is Maestro Valery Gergiev, and Makhar Vaziev is the director of the ballet. The April 1-20 season is presented by Ardani Artists in association with City Center.

Naturally, the Kirov Ballet--a descendant of the Russian Imperial Ballet, and known in its homeland as the Ballet Company of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg--will perform beloved classics and excerpts from full-length ballets, including Raymonda, Scheherazade, Le Corsaire (all three of which will use sets reflecting their respective sections' full productions), Le Spectre de la Rose, Chopiniana, La Bayadere (The Kingdom of the Shadows), and The Dying Swan, as well as pas de deux from Don Quixote, Diana and Acteon, Paquita, and more.

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