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Arts Calendar / May 28 / Ballet
19:00 Cleopatra
Ballet to music by Vladimir Kachesov. Libretto by Andrei Petrov. Choreographer - Andrei Petrov. Set Designer - Grigory Belov. "Cleopatra" by V. Kachesov staged by the founder of the "Kremlin Ballet" theater, People's Artist of Russia Andrei Petrov is a bright, dramatic and in many ways unexpected for the audience performance. It will certainly not leave indifferent neither those who are interested in the events of the ancient world, nor, of course, admirers of the magnificent Cleopatra - one of the most charismatic and mysterious person in world history. The last queen of Hellenistic Egypt from the Macedonian dynasty of Ptolemy to the general public is known, first of all, the story of her love - first in her life was a loud romance with Gaius Julius Caesar, and after - with the Roman commander Mark Antony. Meanwhile, not everyone knows that Cleopatra was not only a spectacular, seductive woman who drove the best men of her time crazy, but also an outstanding ruler who cared about the prosperity of her country. And it is precisely this aspect of her personality that the choreographer-director draws attention to first of all. Andrei Petrov said this about his vision of Cleopatra: "Usually Cleopatra is presented as a vamp woman, but in fact it's not that simple. She was a prominent statesman, a wise politician, in which Egypt for 20 years remained an independent state. And her romances with Caesar and Mark Antony - which were very different relationships - helped Cleopatra strengthen her country's position. And that's a line I was very interested in."
State Kremlin Palace 
19:00 Swan Lake
Ballet in four acts to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. 170 min (with two intervals). Script outline after Vladimir Begitchev and Vasily Geltser. Musical Director and Conductor: Dmitri Jurowski. Staging: Mikhail Messerer. 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, Resinger’s 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 Petipa’s times and nowadays is being staged in more than 290 theatres all over the world.
Bolshoi Theater 
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