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Arts Calendar / February 10 / Ballet
19:00 Romeo and Juliet
Ballet by Alexei Ratmansky in three acts to music by Sergei Prokofiev. 185 min (with two intervals). Libretto by Adrian Piotrovsky, Sergei Radlov, Sergei Prokofiev after the tragedy of the same name by William Shakespeare. Choreographer: Alexei Ratmansky. Set and Costume Designer: Richard Hudson. Lighting Designer: Jennifer Tipton. The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev a remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight. The world premiere of this version of the ballet took place in Toronto on November 16, 2011. The production was commissioned be the National Ballet of Canada. In spite of each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend…
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
19:00 The Stone Flower
Ballet to music by Sergei Prokofiev. 125 min (with one intermission). Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Mira Mendelson-Prokofieva. Choreography: Yury Grigorovich. Music Director and Conductor: Felix Korobov. "The Stone Flower" staged by Yuri Grigorovich had the premiere in 1957 at the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Theatre. In 1959 it was transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre. The premiere of "The Stone Flower" marked a departure from the "dramballet" and the beginning of a new phase of the Russian Soviet ballet whose absolute leader was Yuri Grigorovich. It was the work on "The Stone Flower" that was the beginning of his collaboration with Simon Virsaladze, who proved the choreographer’s veritable co-creator. Many a star of the Russian Soviet ballet, such as I. Kolpakova, A. Osipenko, A.Gribov, Yu. Solovyov, M. Plisetskaya, E. Maksimova, V. Vasiliev, and N. Timofeeva, danced in "The Stone Flower." In Moscow, "The Stone Flower" had not been performed since 1994. The production of 2008 at the K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre was the first encounter of the Theatre’s ballet troupe with Yury Grigorovich.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater 
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