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Arts Calendar / December 14 / Ballet
19:00 Anna Karenina
Ballet by John Neumeier in two acts to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky Alfred Shnitke, Cat Stevens / Yusuf Islam, based on the novel of the same name by Leo Tolstoy. 195 min (with one interval). The Hamburg Ballet and the Bolshoi Theatre coproduction. Choreographer, Set and Costume Designer, Lighting Concept Author and Author of Libretto: John Neumeier. Non-trivial love triangle, deep passions, several pairs absolutely different in their happiness and misfortune, hidden and obvious ill-will of the society that affected the main character’s tragedy. Anna Karenina’s fate might have been different even at the time the novel unfolds. And at the same time, moving to our days, this story still can remain its tragic. When reading the novel, John Neumeier was deeply fascinated by its characters and the life of various social groups. Realizing that it is impossible to choreograph the entire novel, Neumeier reproduces primarily those feelings that he reads. The story is transposed in the present day. Karenin holds a political rally; Vronsky plays lacrosse. A train becomes a toy in the hands of Seryozha. Anna dies, falling into the underworld, which is the logically justified end for the hell in Anna's soul. Life of secular society goes on. A wealthy landowner Levin finds the strength to feel sorry for Anna and to console her despairing son.
Bolshoi Theater 
19:00 The Snow Maiden
Ballet to the music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and libretto by Vladimir Burmeister. 135 min (with one intermission). Choreography and production - Vladimir Burmeister. Set design - Vladimir Arefiev. Lighting - Ildar Bederdinov. "The Snow Maiden" was created by the outstanding choreographer Vladimir Burmeister under commission by the London Festival Ballet. In 1963, it was recreated on stage of the K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. Its plot is based on Alexander Ostrovsky’s play of the same title. The music score was compiled of various popular works by Tchaikovsky, such as the music for the Ostrovsky fairy-tale, Symphony no. 1 ("Winter Daydreams"), the Serenade for Strings, a piano sonata, etc. In 2001, a new stage version was created. The major changes concerned the stage design, which was made more modern. On December of the same year The Snow Maiden was shown in London during the Theatre’s guest performances. The latter were a success beyond all expectations; the influential newspaper The Independent counted them among the major cultural events of the season.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater 
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