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Arts Calendar / March 14 / Ballet
19:00 Spartacus
Ballet in three acts to music by Aram Khachaturyan. Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich after the novel of the same name by Raffaello Giovagnolli, ideas from the scenario by Nikolai Volkov used. 185 min (with two intervals). Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich. Designer: Simon Virsaladze. Music Director: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. Spartacus was premiered by the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1956, and its revised form was debuted in 1968 by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Khachaturian later adapted what would become his most famous ballet as a group of suites for orchestra, and, although the ballet remained a part of the Bolshoi’s repertoire, the suites provide the more familiar version. “I thought of Spartacus,” noted Khachaturian, "as a monumental fresco describing the mighty avalanche of the antique rebellion of slaves on behalf of human rights…. When I composed the score of the ballet and tried to capture the atmosphere of ancient Rome in order to bring to life the images of the remote past, I never ceased to feel the spiritual affinity of Spartacus to our own time."
Bolshoi Theater 
19:00 Swan Lake
Ballet in two acts to music by Peter Tchaikovsky. Libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltzer. Choreography: Vladimir Burmeister. "Swan Lake" by the outstanding choreographer Vladimir Burmeister has become a legend a legend of the Moscow stage. It premiered as long ago as 1953, but time has no power over this masterpiece. In his staging, Vladimir Burmeister left intact the remarkable 2nd act that was staged by Lev Ivanov in the 19th century. The famous scene of the appearance of the white swans, including the most popular dance of the Little Swans, was included in his production in its original form. As for the rest, Burmeister’s version is totally original and remains unsurpassed up till now. In his interpretation the ballet has obtained a well-defined dramatic concept and a profound philosophical meaning. In 1956, "Swan Lake" was shown during the Theatre’s guest performances in Paris. It was so great a success that Opera de Paris engaged Vladimir Burmeister for the transferring the production to its stage. The production had been performed at that theatre from 1960 through the end of the 80’s. The performance has travelled almost the whole world receiving rave reviews everywhere. "…a vibrant theatrical spectacle, it is all fire and ice", concluded her review Anna Kisselgoff, famous American theatre critic of "The New York Times".
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater 
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