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Arts Calendar / June 25 / Ballet
19:00 Carmina Burana
Ballet-cantata in two acts to music by Carl Orff. 105 min (with intermission). Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre presents. Choreographer: Nadezhda Kalinina. Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana is probably the most frequently performed choral work of the 21st century, made popular by the memorable surfing advert for Old Spice aftershave. Carmina Burana translates as Songs Of Beuren, and refers to a collection of early 13th-century songs and poems that was discovered in Beuren in 1803. Orff chose 24 songs and set them to music in what he termed a “scenic cantata”. After the triumphant premiere of Carmina Burana, Orff wrote to his publishers: “Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, published, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana my collected works begin.” However, nothing Orff subsequently wrote ever came close to approaching the popularity of Carmina Burana.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
19:00 La Bayadère
Ballet in two acts to music by Ludwig Minkus. Producing choreographer of the new edition on the basis of choreographic composition of Marius Petipa: Andris Liepa. The plot of the ballet is based on the well-known legend of unfortunate love. Love forces the characters of the story to break vows and to follow the longing of the heart and to take the risk. Love that exists out of time and counter to death. The producing choreographer of the ballet Andris Liepa has changed the structure of the performance and has given the classical plot a new look that has made the production unique. Beautiful scenery and costumes, expressive characters, fascinating plot — nothing will leave the spectator indifferent. The first time La Bayadere ballet was perfomed on January 23, 1877 at the Maryinsky Theater of St. Petersburg. The performance is accompanied by the Symphonic orchestra of Radio Orpheus. The artistic director and the chief conductor: Sergey Kondrashev.
State Kremlin Palace 
19:00 Manon
Ballet to music by Jules Massenet. 190 min (with two intermissions). Choreography: Kenneth McMillan. Music Director and Conductor: Felix Korobov. Manon was MacMillan’s second three-act ballet as artistic director of the Royal Ballet. He based his scenario on the 1731 novel by the Abbé Prévost, L’Histoire du Chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut. Various musical numbers out of different works by Jules Massenet were selected and orchestrated by Leighton Lucas. Assisting MacMillan was also the ballet troupe’s coach Hilda Gont. She helped him to select the music for the pas de deux with which he, after his custom, began the work on the ballet. Nicholas Georgiadis’ designs reflect the precarious division between opulence and degradation in pre-Revolutionary France (the ballet is set later in the 18th century than Prevost’s novel). MacMillan was quoted as saying that he found his clue to Manon’s behavior in her background of poverty: ‘Manon is not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor. Poverty in that period was the equivalent of long, slow death’.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater 
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