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Arts Calendar / July 21 / Ballet
14:00 Coppelia
Ballet in three acts to music by Leo Delibes. Presented with two intervals. Libretto by Charles Nuitter and Arthur Saint-Leon after the stories by Ernst Theodore Amadeus Hoffmann. Choreography: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti. Revival and new choreographic version: Sergei Vikharev. Designer: Boris Kaminsky. In addition to excellent dances, this classical ballet has two other undoubted merits. First, Coppelia is a comedy of which there are not so many among the masterpieces of the classical legacy. Second, it is a comedy with fine music. Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s assessment of Delibes’ skill in “the sphere of ballet” is well-known: “The first ballet in which music constitutes not only the main, but the sole interest. What beauty, what elegance, what richness of melody, rhythm and harmony”. True, these words refer to another of the composer’s ballets, but they are equally applicable to Coppelia.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
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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