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Arts Calendar / March 17 / Ballet
Swan Lake
12:00, 19:00. 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 
14:00 The Seagull
Ballet by Yuri Possokhov in four acts to music by Ilya Demutsky. Composer: Ilya Demutsky. Choreographer: Yuri Possokhov. Director: Alexander Molochnikov. 120 min (with one interval). A small village. Masha dates Medvedenko, a strange creature she has invented herself as a cure for her unrequited love for Treplev. Having come to his senses after Doctor Dorn’s therapy, Treplev is in search of new forms of dance, which arouses the interest of the villagers, who, for a short time, become a dance company working on his new production. A young woman, Nina Zarechnaya, comes out of the group of the villagers. She wants Treplev to take a liking to her and give her a part in his production. Their meeting is interrupted by tipsy Sorin, Treplev’s uncle, who is happy to see his nephew with a girl and even tries to flirt with Nina. Kostya, however, wanting to be left alone with her, sends him on his way. For a moment, Nina and Treplev forget about everything around them — they are extremely happy together. Masha, who sees the budding feeling between the young pair, is unhappy...
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
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