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Arts Calendar / April 1 / Ballet
19:00 Figaro
Ballet in two acts to music by Mozart and Rossini. Libretto by Andrei Petrov based on P.A.Beaumarchais’ comedy duology. Choreography, direction and musical adaption by Andrei Petrov, people’s artist of the Russian Federation, Moscow Award laureate. Scene designer is Grigory Belov, merited art worker of the Russian Federation. Costume designer is Olga Polyanskaya. Singing orchestration by Vladimir Kachesov. Assistants to Choreographer-director are Lyudmila Charskaya and Valery Ryzhov. In over two centuries Pierre Beaumarchais’s comedy more than once attracted attention of both composers and choreographer-directors. The latter were mostly turning to “The Marriage of Figaro” and as a result a miniature one-act ballet was produced. A two-act performance offered by choreographer-director Andrei Petrov to the spectators is a kind of an experiment. It is a combination of music by Rossini, author of the opera “The Barber of Seville”, and Mozart, author of “The Marriage of Figaro”. The ballet’s first act is directed on the basis of “The Barber of Seville” with the focus on love story of Count of Almaviva and Rosina ending by their engagement. The second one based on “The Marriage of Figaro, or The Day of Madness” is about twists and turns of Figaro and Susanne’s love. A comedy solved by means of classical choreography. A bright play of young soloists, humorous situations. A life-asserting, amusing and lyrical performance. The performance is accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra Radio Orpheus (Artistic managing director and Principal conductor - Sergey Kondrashov).
State Kremlin Palace 
19:00 La Bayadère
Ballet in three acts to music by Ludwig Minkus. 195 min (with two intervals). La Bayadère is one of the most famous ballets of the Russian imperial stage. This creation by Marius Petipa to the music by Ludwig Minkus and the libretto by Sergei Khudekov saw the light in 1877 and immediately became popular. All the great ballerinas have dreamt of dancing the main part, that of the bayadere Nikiya. The Bayadère’s best adornment is the Shadows scene, which proved an example of sublime harmony on the ballet stage. The scene’s popularity might only be rivaled by, if any, that of the “white scenes” of Swan Lake. All the subsequent versions of the ballet, of which the 20th century has seen quite a few, any innovations and alterations notwithstanding, have been made with the intent to keep the original Shadows intact to a maximum degree. The outstanding ballerina Natalia Makarova staged her own version of La Bayadere in 1980. It is not as pompous or populous as the original yet preserves all the major qualities of the Petipa’s masterpiece. Makarova’s version proved so successful that it has been added to the armories of many a European theater.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
19:00 The Sleeping Beauty
Ballet in three acts with a prologue to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 170 min (with two intervals). Nacho Duato’s libretto based on the script by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Charles Perrault’s tale of the same name. Musical Director and Conductor: Dmitri Jurowski. Choreographer: Nacho Duato. Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty ballet rendered by a Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato is a unique approach for a classic work of our contemporary master, an outstanding smart and kind man. In this production Nacho Duato managed to create a charming magic mood in the dance language. «I wanted to speak to the audiences through their hearts – told the choreographer – you know these tales for kids – you take one card, it’s a wood, you pick another one, it’s a castle... It’s a tale, a fairy-tale for kids! This is especially important nowadays, when so many horrible things are happening”. The fairy-tale plot of this ballet is not as simple as it seems at first glance. This is a story of the main character growing up, finding love. Aurora’s part is the central one, it is essential to the ballet’s key theme, its storyline. The moment Aurora pricks her finger is very important. She bids farewell to her childhood and enters adulthood, where she finds love.
Bolshoi Theater 
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