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Arts Calendar / July 6 / Ballet
19:00 La Bayadère
Ballet to music by Ludwig Minkus. 180 min (with two intervals). Choreography: Natalia Makarova. Music Director and Conductor: Anton Grishanin. La Bayadère is one of the most famous ballets of the Russian imperial stage. This creation by Marius Petipa to the music by Ludwig Minkus and the libretto by Sergei Khudekov saw the light in 1877 and immediately became popular. All the great ballerinas have dreamt of dancing the main part, that of the bayadere Nikiya. The Bayadère’s best adornment is the Shadows scene, which proved an example of sublime harmony on the ballet stage. The scene’s popularity might only be rivaled by, if any, that of the “white scenes” of Swan Lake. All the subsequent versions of the ballet, of which the 20th century has seen quite a few, any innovations and alterations notwithstanding, have been made with the intent to keep the original Shadows intact to a maximum degree.
Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theater 
14:00 The Scarlet Flower
A ballet in two acts to music by Vladimir Kuptsov. 150 min (with intermission). Libretto: Vladimir Kuptsov and Andrei Petrov (based on the fairy tale of the same name by Sergei Aksakov). Director of Choreography: Andrey Petrov. Joint production of the "Kremlin Ballet" theater and Moscow State Academy of Choreography. Vivid ballet images are created by means of colorful scenery, wonderful costumes, expressive choreography. This magic ballet is intended for family viewing: its fairy-tale plot is comprehensible and interesting for children, and adults will also enjoy meeting with the Russian fairy tale about the victory of good over evil. The Scarlet Flower is a story about the Beauty and the Beast and about all-conquering love. The daughter asked her merchant father to bring her the Scarlet Flower, but it turned out that the most beautiful flower was growing in the garden of the frightful beast. The father picked the flower and was compelled to send his daughter to live with this beast. The girl became attached to the monster and managed to dispel the magic witchcraft with her love.
State Kremlin Palace 
19:00 The Taming of the Shrew
Ballet in two acts to music by Dmitri Shostakovich. 125 min (with one interval). Choreographer: Jean-Christophe Maillot. Set Designer: Ernest Pignon-Ernest. An epic ballet created by Jean-Christophe Maillot in 2014 for the Bolshoi dancers, The Taming of the Shrew is based on Shakespeare’s comedy. While the ballet’s plot generally follows the play, Maillot takes some liberties to make the work less abrasive to modern audiences. The ballet was awarded three 3 Masques d'Ors (best choreographic show, best male dancer (Petruchio) and best female dancer). "I wanted to convey the idea that there's someone for everyone, irrespective of who or what you are. Who can judge a relationship with an outside eye? Love works in mysterious ways, and it isn't for us to question it." J-Ch. Maillot.
Bolshoi Theater New Stage 
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