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Arts Calendar / December 10 / Ballet
19:00 Coppelia
Ballet in three acts to music by Leo Delibes. Presented with two intervals. Libretto by Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Leon after the stories by Ernst Theodore Amadeus Hoffmann. Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti. Revival and new choreographic version: Sergei Vikharev. Designer: Boris Kaminsky. In addition to excellent dances, this classical ballet has two other undoubted merits. First, Coppelia is a comedy of which there are not so many among the masterpieces of the classical legacy. Second, it is a comedy with fine music. Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s assessment of Delibes’ skill in “the sphere of ballet” is well-known: “The first ballet in which music constitutes not only the main, but the sole interest. What beauty, what elegance, what richness of melody, rhythm and harmony”. True, these words refer to another of the composer’s ballets, but they are equally applicable to Coppelia.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
19:00 The Nutcracker
Ballet in two acts to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Libretto by Marius Petipa as adapted by Andrei Petrov based on Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann’s fairy tale. Choreographer-director: Andrei Petrov. Scene designer: Anatoly Nezhny. The “Nutcracker” continues the line of the Kremlin Ballet Theatre in preserving and carefully creatively reframing the classical ballet heritage. In this case choreographer Andrei Petrov managed to the most to come close to the literary primary source and recreate a fantastic world and philosophy of the great German storyteller Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann. Andrei Petrov’s “Nutcracker” is not a child’s fairy tale interesting for kids only, but a story of the first love rise and the opening of a huge world of non-childish emotions and feelings. The ballet’s choreography delivers the whole range of new senses of a just grown-up girl who, together with her beloved young Drosselmeyer, confronted the evil and conquered it having defended her love.
State Kremlin Palace 
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