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Arts Calendar / July 5 / Ballet
19:00 The Stone Flower
Ballet to music by Sergei Prokofiev. 125 min (with one intermission). Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev and Mira Mendelson-Prokofieva. Choreography: Yury Grigorovich. Music Director and Conductor: Felix Korobov. "The Stone Flower" staged by Yuri Grigorovich had the premiere in 1957 at the Kirov (now Mariinsky) Theatre. In 1959 it was transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre. The premiere of "The Stone Flower" marked a departure from the "dramballet" and the beginning of a new phase of the Russian Soviet ballet whose absolute leader was Yuri Grigorovich. It was the work on "The Stone Flower" that was the beginning of his collaboration with Simon Virsaladze, who proved the choreographer’s veritable co-creator. Many a star of the Russian Soviet ballet, such as I. Kolpakova, A. Osipenko, A.Gribov, Yu. Solovyov, M. Plisetskaya, E. Maksimova, V. Vasiliev, and N. Timofeeva, danced in "The Stone Flower." In Moscow, "The Stone Flower" had not been performed since 1994. The production of 2008 at the K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre was the first encounter of the Theatre’s ballet troupe with Yury Grigorovich.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater 
19:00 The Tempest
Ballet in three acts. Libretto after William Shakespeare's play. Presented with one interval. Choreographer: Vyacheslav Samodurov. Music Director: Pavel Klinichev. Set Designer: Aleksei Kondratyev. Costume Designer: Igor Chapurin. Prospero, the deposed duke of Milan, watches with his daughter Miranda as a tempest rages. She begs him to use his magical powers to stop the storm. A ship is wrecked, and the passengers seem to drown, but Prospero shows Miranda that this has been an illusion of his making, and he has caused the men to land safely on the island. Twelve years ago, the men usurped Prospero’s dukedom and put him and the infant Miranda to sea in a rotten boat, which landed on the island. The exiled Prospero then resorted to his books on the magic arts and took two servants: Ariel, an airy spirit, and Caliban, the deformed son of a witch. Prospero causes Miranda to sleep, and Ariel and Caliban appear. While Prospero favors Ariel over Caliban and has promised to free him once his plans for revenge have been executed, these two servants represent the polarities of Prospero’s powers. As Prospero observes his enemies wandering, lost, on the island, he meditates on what he has done and the revenge that he plans.
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