"Romantic ballet heaven"
"When in living memory has the Mariinsky (known as the Kirov in the Soviet era) looked so spectacularly good on an American tour?"
"Rarely does one hear this music delivered in pit or concert hall with such a combination of textural lushness and dramatic urgency...Tchaikovsky never had it so good."
The rave SF Chronicle review is in! Read it in its entirety.
One of the most influential companies in classical dance for the past 200 years, the Mariinsky Ballet (formerly the Kirov) has always showcased the world's greatest dancers, including such legendary performers as Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinksy, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, and many more. Now, the historic company opens Cal Performances' 2012/13 dance season with Konstantin Sergeyev's bewitching production of Swan Lake, based on the immortal masterpiece by Petipa and Ivanov. Mysterious, lyrical, and dramatic, Swan Lake creates a magical world in which Prince Siegfried and the swan-princess Odette proclaim their love for each other, overcoming the forces of evil. Tchaikovsky's glorious score combines with matchless choreography featuring the Mariinsky's renowned corps de ballet in all its splendor. "The Mariinsky elevates [Swan Lake] to another realm" (Evening Standard, London).
Cast* & Credits
Music Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Libretto Vladimir Begichev and Vasili Geltzer
Conductor Mikhail Agres
Choreography Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Revised Choreography and Stage Direction Konstantin Sergeyev
Set Designer Igor Ivanov
Costume Designer Galina Solovieva
Odette, Queen of the Swans/Odile, Odette's Double
Yekaterina Kondaurova (10, 13 mat)
Oksana Skoryk (11, 13 eve)
Anastasia Kolegova (12, 14)
Danila Korsuntsev (10, 13 mat)
Vladimir Schklyarov (11)
Evgeny Ivanchenko (12)
Alexander Sergeev (13 eve)
Maxim Zuzin (14)
The Princess Regent, Siegfried's Mother
The Prince's Tutor
Andrey Yakovlev (10, 12, 13 eve)
Soslan Kulaev (11, 13 mat, 14)
Friends of the Prince
Maria Shirinkina, Nadezhda Batoeva, Alexander Popov (10)
Ekaterina Ivannikova, Nadezhda Gonchar, Xander Parish (11)
Irina Golub, Nadezhda Gonchar, Alexander Popov (12, 13 eve)
Ekaterina Ivannikova, Nadezhda Batoeva, Xander Parish (13 mat)
Irina Golub, Anastasia Nikitina, Xander Parish (14)
Vasily Tkachenko (10, 13 eve)
Alexey Nedviga (12, 14)
Ilya Petrov (11, 13 mat)
Rothbart, an Evil Sorcerer
Konstantin Zverev (10, 13 mat)
Andrey Solovyov (11, 13 eve)
Alexander Romanchikov (12, 14)
Irina Golub, Svetlana Ivanova, Elena Chmil, Maria Shirinkina
Keenan Kampa, Yuliana Chereshkevich, Victoria Brileva, Yulia Stepanova
Maria Shirinkina, Anastasia Nikitina (10, 11)
Maria Shirinkina, Nadezhda Gonchar (12)
Nadezhda Gonchar, Anastasia Nikitina (13 mat, 14)
Irina Golub, Nadezhda Gonchar (13 eve)
Victoria Krasnokutskaya, Keenan Kampa, Ksenia Ostreykovskaya, Victoria Brileva, Alisa Sodoleva, Yuliana Chereshkevich
Anastasia Petushkova, Yulia Stepanova, Kamil Yangurazov, Karen Ionessian
Anna Lavrinenko, Ilya Petrov (10, 13 eve)
Anna Lavrinenko, Vasily Tkachenko (12, 14)
Anna Lavrinenko, Alexey Nedviga (11, 13 mat)
Olga Belik, Boris Zhurilov
Lilia Lishchuk, Ksenia Dubrovina, Lyubov Kozharskaya, Irina Prokofieva, Alexander Beloborodov, Mikhail Degtyarev, Soslan Kulaev, Vadim Belyaev
* All casting subject to change without notice
Education & Community Events: Sightlines
Fri, Oct 12, 7-7:30 pm
Sat, Oct 13, 7-7:30 pm
Sightlines pre-performance talks by dance specialist Kathryn Roszak. Open to ticket holders of that night's performance only.
Donor Event: Season Opening Celebration with Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra
Wed, Oct 10, 2012 immediately following the 8 pm performance
Mezzanine level of Zellerbach Hall
(Donors of $600+)
Toast to the start of Cal Performances' 2012/13 Season with Director Matías Tarnopolsky, fellow supporters, and members of the Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra. Join us to celebrate the beginning of the season that you helped make possible.
Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.
Program notes are available online. [PDF]
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—The Guardian, London