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Arts Calendar / July 7 / Ballet
19:00 Figaro
Ballet in two acts to music by Mozart and Rossini. Libretto by Andrei Petrov based on P.A.Beaumarchais’ comedy duology. Choreography, direction and musical adaption by Andrei Petrov, people’s artist of the Russian Federation, Moscow Award laureate. Scene designer is Grigory Belov, merited art worker of the Russian Federation. Costume designer is Olga Polyanskaya. Singing orchestration by Vladimir Kachesov. Assistants to Choreographer-director are Lyudmila Charskaya and Valery Ryzhov. In over two centuries Pierre Beaumarchais’s comedy more than once attracted attention of both composers and choreographer-directors. The latter were mostly turning to “The Marriage of Figaro” and as a result a miniature one-act ballet was produced. A two-act performance offered by choreographer-director Andrei Petrov to the spectators is a kind of an experiment. It is a combination of music by Rossini, author of the opera “The Barber of Seville”, and Mozart, author of “The Marriage of Figaro”. The ballet’s first act is directed on the basis of “The Barber of Seville” with the focus on love story of Count of Almaviva and Rosina ending by their engagement. The second one based on “The Marriage of Figaro, or The Day of Madness” is about twists and turns of Figaro and Susanne’s love. A comedy solved by means of classical choreography. A bright play of young soloists, humorous situations. A life-asserting, amusing and lyrical performance. The performance is accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra Radio Orpheus (Artistic managing director and Principal conductor - Sergey Kondrashov).
State Kremlin Palace 
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 
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