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Arts Calendar / September 24 / Ballet
19:00 Giselle
Ballet in two acts to music by Adolphe Adam. Libretto by Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges. Choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Mauris Petipa. Scenic adaption and direction by Andrei Petrov. Giselle is a masterwork in the classical ballet performance canon. The ghost-filled ballet tells the tragic, romantic story of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls for the flirtations of the deceitful and disguised nobleman Albrecht. When the ruse is revealed, the fragile Giselle dies of heartbreak, and Albrecht must face the otherworldly consequences of his careless seduction. The masterpiece of classical romantic choreography came to be in 1841 thanks mostly to immeasurable talents of Carlotta Grizi, a ballerina equally adored by poet and writer Théophile Gautier, librettist Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges, choreographers Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and composer Adolphe Adan, who created the ballet together as a token of their shared fascination. The story of love that triumphs over death was danced by many great dancers and ballerinas of the world, and to this day remains an inspiration to ballet stars the world over.
State Kremlin Palace 
19:00 Swan Lake
Ballet in two acts to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. 160 min (with one interval). Script outline after Vladimir Begitchev and Vasily Geltser. Musical Director and Conductor: Pavel Sorokin. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote a little ballet about swans for his nieces and nephews. The story of the ballet is based on a German fairy tale. Swan Lake is a ballet that has become a symbol of Russian art itself. World premiere of Swan Lake took place at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 20 February 1877, the choreographer of the production was Julius Resinger. Despite the fact, his work was considered unsuccessful by the critics of the day, Resingerís original production of Swan Lake was kept in the active repertoire of the Bolshoi Theatre for seven years and was performed over thirty times. The second birth of the performance was on 15 January 1895 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The revival by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov is a basis for most ballet companies, staging Swan Lake nowadays. The Swan Lake performance survived for more than a century without any significant changes since Maruis Petipaís times and nowadays is being staged in more than 290 theatres all over the world.
Bolshoi Theater 
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