Since perestroika both Leningrad and Kirov reverted to their earlier names, and the units of the theater were quickly called Mariinsky in most of the rest of the world.
Stalin had renamed the theater "Kirov" in 1935.
The Theater, named the Mariinsky after Empress Maria Alexandranova, wife of Alexandr II, was opened amid great pomp on October 2, 1860 with a performance of Mikhail Glinka's opera A Life for the Tsar.
Other news from the Mariinsky's American support organization:
The new co-chairs are Joan and Sanford Weill, as Donald Kendall becomes Chair Emeritus. Soprano Anna Netrebko has joined the Artistic Advisory Board of Chair Placido Domingo, Christoph Eschenbach (conductor), Renee Fleming (singer), Frank Gehry (architect), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (singer), Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor), George Tsypin (designer). No members are from ballet.
There shall be a WNFA Gala on November 15 at the American Museum of Natural History in honor of Valery Gergiev's 20th anniversary as Artistic and General Director of the State Academic Mariinsky Therater (guest stars will appear).
Dates for upcoming Mariinsky Festivals were also reported:
New Horizons: Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 2008
Maslenitsa Festival: Feb. 23 - March 1, 2009
Brass Festival: March 4 - 7 & April 2 - 5, 2009
International Ballet Festival Mariinsky: March 14 - 22, 2009
Moscow Easter Festival: April 19 - May 9, 2009
Stars of the White Nights: May 19 - July 12, 2009
In their review of the recent White Nights Festival, the ballet section concludes with "The end of the 20th Century brought home the legacy of George Balanchine, before setting its sights on the ungovernable rhythms of William Forsythe."