Another season highlight is Russian Dreams, an unprecedented nine-part survey of the works of Russian 20th-century master Sergei Prokofiev, led by conductor Valery Gergiev and featuring both the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and the London Symphony Orchestra. The series also includes the New York City premiere of Mark Morris' newest full-length dance work, Romeo & Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare, commissioned by Lincoln Center and performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group.
It will be interesting to see what motivs Mr. Morris chooses to choreograph, and how they compare to the motivs selected by Mr. Martins et al. Will there be a slap? will his version be in three acts? will there be a unit set? will R+J - er - R&J be nude? will Tybalt be costumed as a Colorado potato beetle? Mark the date on your calendars! (May 14-17 of 2009, so there's time.)