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#1 chiapuris

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 07:48 AM

The Mariinsky Theatre website has announced the dates for the 2007 festival:
April 12 - 22.
No program given yet.

#2 WindFlyer

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:08 AM

Any word on venue?

IIRC, the Mariinsky Theatre was to close for renovations starting 1 Jan 2007

#3 Dale

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Posted 16 October 2006 - 10:10 AM

I think the renovations have been dropped.

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Posted 18 October 2006 - 12:07 AM

I think the renovations have been dropped.

Colour me shocked :)

#5 Natalia

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:14 AM

One of the Russian ticket-outlet sites (www.balletandopera.com) is announcing the full schedule of the 2007 Mariinsky Festival, to open on April 12 with a triple bill of premieres, including the long-talked-about reconstruction of Petipa/Drigo's 'Flora's Awakening,' Balanchine's 'Agon,' and a world-premiere to be titled 'Electronic Music.' Also interesting is that one full night (April 17) will present the Bolshoi Ballet in a 3ple bill to include Ratmansky's 'Jeu de Cartes,' Tharp's 'In the Upper Room,' and Alonso's 'Carmen Suite.' Familiar home-company triple bills by Forsythe and Balanchine, as well as the evening-length warhorses Giselle, Bayadere, DonQ and Swan Lake (let's all guess on the ballerina who will star in this!), round-out the festival fare. It all closes, as usual, with a star-studded Gala on April 22.

We await an official schedule from the Mariinsky Theater and, of course, there will be the inevitable cancellations/shufflings even after that press announcement is made.

p.s. Festival-goers who are tired of DonQ can hop over to the Maly-Mussorgsky Theater on April 14 to see the smaller troupe's autumn-2006 reconstruction of the original Petipa/Glazunov Raymonda (assuming that the operaandballet site's schedules of all St Petersburg theaters will stick). Former Kirov prima, Gabriela Komleva, had a hand in this revival, which is said to resurrect some rarely-heard portions of the original Glazunov score, such as Raymonda's 'oriental solo' of Act II (which Nureyev used in a modernistic dance for Abderakhman, in the POB version). Another reason to contemplate a trip to St Petersburg in mid-April.

#6 Natalia

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 09:34 AM

The actual Festival schedule is now up at the Mariinsky website, as part of the listing of ballets for the entire month of April 2007. Very similar to that cited above, on the tour site; the major difference is that the 3ple bill from the Bolshoi (April 17) now features Wheeldon's 'Misericors' in place of 'Carmen Suite.' Also interesting: the night of the Balanchine Triple Bill of Serenade/Prodigal/Diamonds (Ap. 21) is now titled "The Americans," even though all three ballets are composed by Russians, the choreographer is a Russian-born American & no work has an obviously-American theme. Perhaps American guest stars will essay the principal roles in each, thus the title? Further change: the anticipated Kirov premiere of 'Agon' is no longer on the opening-night's bill; instead, 'Apollo' opens the Festival. No 'Agon' at all on the schedule. And one even further change: the Forsythes are now off the schedule.

http://www.mariinsky...ill?pbmy=200704

Casting is yet to be announced, although a French web site has unofficially reported that the POB's Matthieu Ganio will be Albrecht in Giselle.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 10:21 AM

Also interesting: the night of the Balanchine Triple Bill of Serenade/Prodigal/Diamonds (Ap. 21) is now titled "The Americans," even though all three ballets are composed by Russians, the choreographer is a Russian-born American & no work has an obviously-American theme.

And Prodigal dates from before Balanchine ever set foot on US soil.

#8 Buddy

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 05:36 PM

Tickets for April 12-15 went on sale today for the Festival at the Mariinsky Theater. Tickets can be purchased fairly easily on the internet directly from the theater at perhaps 30% less than from a hotel or ticket agent.

To see schedule....
http://www.mariinsky...ill?pbmy=200704

To register (touch "english" first, upper right)....
http://www.tickets.m...ky.ru/index.php

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 06:23 AM

I think the renovations have been dropped.


I only just saw this now! So have they definitely been dropped?

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:01 AM

Tickets are now on sale for all the performances except Swan Lake (??). Another thing of interest is that the La Bayadere performance is priced higher than any of the other performances except the final Gala. The might imply a 'star' dancer is scheduled for that night. Still no casting information.

Ostrich, my understanding is that the old theater will stay open (restoration will not be started) until the new second theater is completed.

#11 chiapuris

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:11 AM

I was just informed by the Mariinsky Box Office of changes in the Festival program.
On the 20th, instead of Swan Lake will be Don Quixote.
On the 14th, instead of Don Quixote will be Romeo and Juliette.
On the 19th, ballets of W. Forsythe, as originally planned.

#12 Natalia

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 07:19 AM

Thanks, chiapuris. Odd - a Mariinsky Festival with neither a 'Swan Lake' nor a 'Sleeping Beauty.' That's too bad.

Let's hope that 'Flora' does 'Awaken' on the 12th and 13th of April. 'Ondine' finally materialized last year after having originally been announced to open the 2003 Festival.

#13 chiapuris

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 08:01 AM

Natalia, I had hoped for Raymonda this year, but I guess that's not going to happen.

There's always the Mussorgsky/Mikhailovsky Raymonda...is it on the 14th?

#14 Natalia

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 08:57 AM

There's always the Mussorgsky/Mikhailovsky Raymonda...is it on the 14th?


Correct. I would skip the 'R&J' on the 14th -- especially if you saw the recent performances of that ballet at the Kennedy Center or in California -- & head for the Maly-Moussorgsky to see their supposedly-glorious 'Raymonda' that night. Komleva & Boyarchikov are said to have recreated a version that is even closer to Petipa than is the current Kirov staging by Konstantin Sergeev.

The website below mistakenly titles the M-M Raymonda as "ballet in two acts"; if you read the synopsis, it's the full three acts.

http://www.balletand...4&month=2007-04

The above link is for only one of several St Petersburg ticket agencies but at least it gives a good idea of what's on. By the way, my experience with the M-M Theater is that they juggle their schedules less so that the Kirov-Mariinsky. I once bought a ticket for their 'Esmeralda' two months before the show and the schedule for the month in question never changed. Always a risk of switcheroo, though. But at least this is something.

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 08:41 AM

I would skip the 'R&J' on the 14th


:dry: ...Cojocaru and Kobborg announced to dance it... :huh:


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