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Arts Calendar / June 15 / Ballet
19:00 Anyuta
Ballet in two acts to music by Valery Gavrilin. Libretto by Alexander Belinsky and Vladimir Vasiliev after the story Anna on the Neck by Anton Chekhov. Choreographer: Vladimir Vasiliev. Designer: Bella Manevich. New version of scenery and costumes: Victor Volsky. Following his wife’s untimely death, Pyotr Leontievich, a school teacher in a provincial town, is left caring for their three children — a grown-up daughter, Anna (Anyuta) and two young sons, Petya and Andryusha. Pining for his dearly loved wife, Pyotr Leontievich takes to drowning his sorrows in vodka. An elderly civil servant, Modest Alexeyevich, woos Anyuta. She accepts his proposal hoping that, by marrying him, she will break free from her miserable, uneventful life, on the brink of starvation, and save her family from poverty. Anyuta ends the relationship with her first love, a poor student and, after the wedding, moves into Modest Alexeyevich’s house. Very soon she realizes that everything she hoped for will never come to pass. Her husband is mean, cold and pragmatic, and has no intention of helping his wife’s family.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
19:00 Esmeralda
Romantic ballet in two acts by Cesare Pugni. 160 min. Libretto by Andrei Petrov (based on the script by J. Perro and the novel by V. Hugo “Notre-Dame de Paris”). Musical adaption by Vladimir Kachesov. Choreographer-director is Andrei Petrov, People’s Artist of the Russian Federation. The performance contains choreographical episodes by Marius Petipa and Agrippina Vaganova. The romantic ballet “Esmeralda” based on the famous novel by Victor Hugo “Notre-Dame de Paris”, the final masterpiece of Classical Romanticism, for the first time saw the lights in 1844 on the stage of Royal Theatre in London (Jules Perro’s staging). Within more than 160 years it entered all European theatres and remained until now at the stages of Russia. The story of a young beautiful gipsy girl gained new life in the performance of the Kremlin Ballet Theatre in 2006. “Kremlin Ballet’s” artistic managing director Andrei Petrov, basing on Victor Hugo’s novel “Notre-Dame de Paris” and Jules Perro’s script made his uniquely beautiful and sensuous staging that will hardly leave anyone aside. Musical and choreographic interpretations of the famous novel always arouse interest of spectators, for time has no power over the story of a tragic entwinement of boisterous feelings, fatal desires, devotion and destructive hatred. This touching tale of love and death of a young gipsy girl reveals in the whole beauty of a sparkling dance of the 19th century. The performance is accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra Radio Orpheus (Artistic managing director and Principal conductor - Sergey Kondrashov)
State Kremlin Palace 
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 Moscow Music Theater 
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