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Kirov Ballet at City Center, New York

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Ardani Artists are presenting the Kirov Ballet at the City Center from April 1-20, 2008 in some amazing programs:

http://www.nycitycenter.org/events/event_d...vent_code=KIR08

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 20th at 11:00am!!

Apr 01, 7:30 PM

Act One Raymonda (Act 3)

Music: Alexander Glazunov

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Two Paquita (Grand Pas)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Three La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

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Apr 02, 7:30 PM

Act One Raymonda (Act 3)

Music: Alexander Glazunov

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Two Paquita (Grand Pas)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Three La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

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Apr 03, 7:30 PM

Act One Raymonda (Act 3)

Music: Alexander Glazunov

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Two Paquita (Grand Pas)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Three La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

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Apr 04, 8:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Scheherazade

Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Choreography: Michel Fokine

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Apr 05, 2:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Scheherazade

Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Choreography: Michel Fokine

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Apr 05, 8:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Scheherazade

Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Choreography: Michel Fokine

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Apr 06, 3:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Scheherazade

Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Choreography: Michel Fokine

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Apr 08, 7:30 PM

Act One The Awakening of Flora

Music: Riccardo Drigo

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Two Diana and Acteon (Pas de Deux)

Music: Cesare Pugni

Choreography: Agrippina Vaganova

Pause

Don Quixote (Grand Pas de Deux)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Alexander Gorsky

Act Three La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

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Apr 09, 7:30 PM

Act One The Awakening of Flora

Music: Riccardo Drigo

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Two Diana and Acteon (Pas de Deux)

Music: Cesare Pugni

Choreography: Agrippina Vaganova

Pause

Don Quixote (Grand Pas de Deux)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Alexander Gorsky

Act Three La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

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Apr 10, 7:30 PM

Act One The Awakening of Flora

Music: Riccardo Drigo

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Act Two Diana and Acteon (Pas de Deux)

Music: Cesare Pugni

Choreography: Agrippina Vaganova

Pause

Don Quixote (Grand Pas de Deux)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Alexander Gorsky

Act Three La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Marius Petipa

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Apr 11, 8:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Etudes

Music: Karl Czerny

Choreography: Harald Lander

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Apr 12, 2:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Etudes

Music: Karl Czerny

Choreography: Harald Lander

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Apr 12, 8:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Etudes

Music: Karl Czerny

Choreography: Harald Lander

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Apr 13, 3:00 PM

Act One Chopiniana

Music: Frederic Chopin

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Two Le Spectre de la Rose

Music: Carl Maria von Weber

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Pause

The Dying Swan

Music: Camille Saint-Saens

Choreography: Michel Fokine

Act Three Etudes

Music: Karl Czerny

Choreography: Harald Lander

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Apr 15, 7:30 PM

Act One Steptext

Music: J.S. Bach

Choreography: William Forsythe

Act Two Approximate Sonata

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe

Pause

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Music: Franz Schubert

Choreography: William Forsythe

Act Three In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe

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Apr 16, 7:30 PM

Act One Steptext

Music: J.S. Bach

Choreography: William Forsythe

Act Two Approximate Sonata

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe

Pause

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Music: Franz Schubert

Choreography: William Forsythe

Act Three In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe

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Apr 17, 7:30 PM

Act One Steptext

Music: J.S. Bach

Choreography: William Forsythe

Act Two Approximate Sonata

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe

Pause

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude

Music: Franz Schubert

Choreography: William Forsythe

Act Three In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe

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Apr 18, 8:00 PM

Act One Jewels (Rubies)

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Two Serenade

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Three Ballet Imperial

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

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Apr 19, 2:00 PM

Act One Jewels (Rubies)

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Two Serenade

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Three Ballet Imperial

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

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Apr 19, 8:00 PM

Act One Jewels (Rubies)

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Two Serenade

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Three Ballet Imperial

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

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Apr 20, 3:00 PM

Act One Jewels (Rubies)

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Two Serenade

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Act Three Ballet Imperial

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

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The ticket prices:

$110.00 Orchestra

$110.00 Grand Tier Center

$35.00 Grand Tier Sides

$75.00 Mid-Mezzanine

$75.00 Mid-Mezzanine Sides 1

$35.00 Mid-Mezzanine Sides 2

$60.00 Rear Mezzanine (J-Q)

$35.00 Rear Mezzanine (R-V)

$35.00 Rear Mezzanine Sides

$60.00 Front Gallery Center

$35.00 Front Gallery Sides

$35.00 Rear Gallery

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That's absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!

And you have to buy tickets a year in advance, huh?

Oh well, it's a great opportunity

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. . . some amazing programs

That's quite an understatement. Thanks, Dale! Thanks, Ardani! Thanks, Kirov!

And let's hope the programs as announced are what we end up seeing.

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The City Center stage seems small for the Shades section of La Bayadere although it would probably be interesting to see the soloists closer.

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Whew!!--this news really opened my eyes this morning. Dale, do you know if online ordering will be available tomorrow?

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Interesting - Ardani usually presents Eifman during that time. Will we be spared? ;)

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Spectacular news! One has to wonder if this will be THE 2008 Mariinsky Festival, here in the USA? [Won't the Mariinsky be closed next year?] Regardless - it will certainly be a festival for us.

It's nice that we know about this one full year in advance, so as to make appropriate vacation & lodging plans. Some of us may be 'camping out' in NYC for an extended period. :))

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Further information:

KIROV BALLET

AND ORCHESTRA

TO PERFORM AT

NEW YORK CITY CENTER

April 1 – 20, 2008

Featuring Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva,

Igor Zelensky and Leonid Sarafanov

New York, NY – April 18, 2007 - Ardani Artists and New York City Center are proud to announce that the

world renowned Kirov Ballet, also known as Ballet Company of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia,

returns to New York for a three-week engagement in April 2008. The season will be presented by Ardani Artists

in association with New York City Center, and will run from April 1 through April 20, 2008. Tickets will go on

sale April 20, 2007.

During its three-week season, the 200-year-old Russian company, under the Artistic Direction of Valery Gergiev

and Director of the Ballet Makhar Vaziev, will be performing a wide range of works by the choreographers and

artists who have made the Kirov one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, as well as works by contemporary

dance makers. The company’s rich classical repertoire includes works by Marius Petipa, Michel Fokine and

George Balanchine and more modern works by William Forsythe. The Kirov Ballet will bring some of its most

acclaimed repertory classics: Petipa’s The Kingdom of Shadows from La Bayadere; Fokine’s Scheherazade and Chopiniana;

Gorsky’s The Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote; Balanchine’s Jewels (Rubies) and Ballet Imperial; as well as

Forsythe’s Steptext.

It will be first appearance of the Kirov Ballet and Orchestra at New York City Center, home to some of the country’s leading dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and

Paul Taylor Dance Company.

“We look forward to returning to New York City,” said Mr. Gergiev, “and especially to our first season at New

York City Center, which has a long history of presenting world-class companies and choreographers, just like our

home at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg.”

The historic Kirov Ballet was founded in 1783 and is closely linked with the legacy of classical Russian ballet, and

throughout the centuries, the company has produced the world’s greatest dancers in ballet, including such

legendary performers as Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova

and many more.

Under the artistic direction of Valery Gergiev since 1988, the Kirov continues its tradition of discovering

exceptional dancers: Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Daria Pavlenko, Igor Zelensky, Igor Kolb, Andrian

Fadeev, Danila Korsuntsev and Leonid Sarafanov will be part of the 200-member company performing at City

Center.

Ardani Artists Management was founded in Moscow by arts promoter Sergei Danilian in 1990, and entered the

American market in 1994. The Company has brought to the U.S. some of the best exponents of arts and culture

from the former Soviet Union. In 1998, Ardani Artists introduced American audiences to the Eifman Ballet of St.

Petersburg, Russia’s leading contemporary ballet company. Since 1998, the Eifman Ballet has appeared regularly at

New York City Center, and toured the U.S. on regular basis. Ardani Artists has also presented the Bolshoi Ballet

on a U.S. tour in 2002, and the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in 2003, 2005, and 2006 U.S. tours. In 2006, in

collaboration with the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the West Coast’s premier presenter of dance,

Ardani Artists produced the critically acclaimed “Kings of the Dance” and The Mariinsky Festival (Opera, Ballet,

Orchestra) as part of the Center’s 20th Anniversary celebrations and opening of its new concert hall. Ardani

Artists’ upcoming projects include another co-production with OCPAC: “Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion,”

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company U.S. tour and a “Kings of the Dance” tour in Russia.

New York City Center has long been known and beloved by New York audiences not only as one of the city's

preeminent performing arts institutions but also as an accessible and welcoming venue for dance. New York City

Center is the New York home to some of the country’s leading dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American

Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company. Continuing to fulfill its mission to

make the arts accessible to the broadest possible audiences, in 2004 New York City Center launched the

acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival which, for $10 a ticket, annually celebrates the vitality and creativity of dance

today. In 2006, New York City Center and London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre created a partnership to facilitate the

exchange of innovative dance works and new commissions by up-and-coming and acclaimed choreographers and

dance companies, both in London and in New York City. In addition to its rich dance offerings, New York City

Center also produces the Tony®-honored Encores! musical theater series, and is the home of Manhattan Theatre

Club, one of New York City’s premier theater companies.

Tickets for the Kirov’s 2008 New York City Center season will be available beginning April 20 at the New York

City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or

online at www.nycitycenter.org. Tickets for the Orchestra and Grand Tier are $110; Mid-Mezzanine tickets are

$75; tickets for the Rear Mezzanine are $60 and $35.

The Kirov will be performing the following ballets and excerpts during its City Center engagement:

Paquita (Grand Pas), Marius Petipa

Raymonda (Act 3), Marius Petipa

La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows), Marius Petipa

Chopiniana, Michel Fokine, Michel Fokine

The Dying Swan, Michael Fokine

Le Spectre de la Rose, Michel Fokine

Scheherazade, Michel Fokine

Diana and Acteon (Pas de Deux), Agrippina Vaganova

Don Quixote, (Grand Pas de Deux), Marius Petipa

The Awakening Flora, Marius Petipa

La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows), Marius Petipa

Etudes, Harald Lander Steptext, William Forsythe

Approximate Sonata, William Forsythe

The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, William Forsythe

In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, William Forsythe,

Jewels (Rubies), George Balanchine

Serenade, George Balanchine

Ballet Imperial, George Balanchine

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Thank you, Dale, for the heads up!!!!!

Can't take the credit...a very nice person gave me the heads-up.

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I'll be up in the area Saturday afternoon, so I thought I'd try to get something for one of the Rubies performances. Does anyone have any idea if this sort of thing sells out so fast I shoudn't even wait that long? I could do it by phone or online tomorrow, but I like going to the box office when I can. Please advise.

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Given the dearth of Good Seats in City Center, I would recommend buying at the soonest opportunity, not the second soonest. :)

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I'm putting together a list of programs I'd like to see.

Great intentions. It'll be interesting to see next April how the programs match what they are showing now.

A year is a long time in advance to put out a schedule.

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One should temper one's enthusiasm.

Point 1: Most of what will be on stage will be blocked from view. See recent venues discussion, not to mention the leaners problem. Unless you are in the (W)NBA, I hope you can get Grand Tier, Row A, 3 digits. But definitely not row B.

Point 2: Some of what is promised will not fit on that stage. I would assume that at some point the Mariinsky will learn the stage dimensions.

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Some of what is promised will not fit on that stage. I would assume that at some point the Mariinsky will learn the stage dimensions.
I won't assume anything -- at least ahead of time, but a reduced Shades corps of 24 should be okay. Balanchine's Theme & Variations, with its 24 corps & demis combined, plus two principals, premiered on that stage, and ABT has performed it recently there.

There is the additional matter of no wing space, which I hope comes as no surprise by the time the company arrives on 55th St.

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The Kirov (and the Vaganova school) did the Shades scene at BAM and the company did it at the smaller of the 2 theaters at the Kennedy Center. It wasn't the perfect space but I think they're used to those conditions. Not every theater they perform in is as big as it's home theater, the Royal Opera House or the Met.

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Given the dearth of Good Seats in City Center, I would recommend buying at the soonest opportunity, not the second soonest. :wink:

Thanks, I agree, and had not immediately noticed that that will be all-Balanchine--should be stupendous, even in that theatre. Good Seats in City Center are definitely in dearth supply, as we all know...

I guess I'll try the phone first, and if I don't get through in five minutes, then do it online.

This is just plain thrilling, especially after I was recently lamenting not finding it practicable to travel to Russia (nor terribly wanting to) to see the Kirov. I hope the Royal will see fit to re-visit us too, even if we get the same sea-level arrangement (if it's good enough for the Kirov, it's good enough for me and anybody else, if I do say so myself).

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Spectacular news! It's nice that we know about this one full year in advance, so as to make appropriate vacation & lodging plans. Some of us may be 'camping out' in NYC for an extended period. :wink:)

Wow, great news!!! tempted to go and get tickets to EVERY performance ;-)) (will go bankrupt then). Is it common that tickets go on sale so long in advance? a year?

... anyway, praying that I can stay in the USA next year... and if it happens - contact me if you need "the camp out" solutions ;-)) NY is such an expensive place for even camping out ;-))

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Purchase done successfully over the City Center website. Nice Center Mezz seats for all of my choices. Now I need to hide the bill from my husband.... :wink: Awww, just kidding! He loves ballet, too!

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Purchase done successfully over the City Center website. Nice Center Mezz seats for all of my choices. Now I need to hide the bill from my husband.... :wink: Awww, just kidding! He loves ballet, too!

Me too! Very fast and easy and I got decent seats. I bought three programs I wanted to see, maybe will pick up more later.

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Got mine, too. I feel weird ordering tickets a year in advance. I'll have to tell my next of kin about them! My guess is they'll use the revenue generated by the early ticket sales the same way sports teams use their early season ticket renewal money.

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Got mine, too. I feel weird ordering tickets a year in advance.

Truly weird. One of the dates I bought was the closing performance, the matinee on April 20, 2008 and I thought, "that's exactly a year from today"

Oh well, nothing wrong with doing something different

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