Well, the casting changes are finally here. Kristina Shapran is not on the tour. This is the official press release from today. Does anyone know anything about her replacement, Soboleva? Happy that Sarafanov, Vasiliev and Osipova are still listed.
THE FIRST TIME IN THE UNITED STATES
THE MIKHAILOVSKY BALLET
David H. Koch Theate
November 11–23, 2014
Ardani Artist proudly presents for the first time in the United States The Mikhailovsky Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia for a special two week engagement November 11 – 23, 2014 at the David H. Koch Theatre (Lincoln Center) NYC. There will be four programs for this premiere engagement performed with a live orchestra. The Mikhailovsky Ballet USA engagement is supported by the Russian Miistry of Culture. Change of Program for Triple Bill: Class Concert replaces The Lady and the Hooligan, and for 11/12 mat Anastsia Soboleva replaces Ms.Shapran. Additional casting and conductors are announced.
CASTING below *
GISELLE, OU LES WILIS Conductor – Pavel Klinichev
Giselle, Albert, Mirtha
Nov. 11, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Leonid Sarafanov, Ekaterina Borchenko
Nov. 12, 2:00 pm Anastasia Soboleva, Victor Lebedev, Irina Kosheleva
Nov. 12, 7:30 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev, Ekaterina Borchenko
Nov. 13, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Leonid Sarafanov, Ekaterina Borchenko
THE FLAMES OF PARIS Conductor: Pavel Bubelnikov; only 11/15 mat = Valentin Bogdanov
Jeanne, Philippe, Diana Mireille, Antoine Mistral
Nov. 14, 7:30 pm Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev, Irina Perren, Leonid Sarafanov
Nov. 15, 2:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Zaytsev, Ekaterina Borchenko, Victor Lebedev
Nov. 15, 8:00 pm Oksana Bondareva, Ivan Vasiliev, Irina Perren, Leonid Sarafanov
Nov. 16, 2:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev, Irina Perren, Leonid Sarafanov
THREE CENTURIES OF RUSSIAN BALLET: LE HALTE DE CAVALERIE; CLASS CONCERT; PRELUDE Conductor – Marius Stravinsky
November 18 and 19, 7:30 pm
Le Halte De Cavalerie: Angelina Vorontsova (18) / Anastasia Soboleva (19); Ivan Vasiliev (18) / Leonid Sarafanov (19)
Class Concert: Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Leonid Sarafanov, Angelina Vorontsova, Anastasia Soboleva, Victor Lebedev, Ekaterina Borchenko, IvanZaytsev
Prelude: Irina Perren, Leonid Sarafanov, Marat Shemiunov
DON QUIXOTE Conductor: Pavel Klinichev (11/20, 11/22m, 11/23; Marius Stravinsky (11/21, 11/22e)
Kitri, Basil, The Queen of Dryads
Nov. 20, 7:30 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Ekaterina Borchenko
Nov. 21, 7:30 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Victor Lebedev, Ekaterina Borchenko
Nov. 22, 2:00 pm Oksana Bondareva, Leonid Sarafanov, Svetlana Bednenko
Nov. 22, 8:00 pm Angelina Vorontsova, Ivan Vasiliev, Ekaterina Borchenko
Nov. 23, 2:00 pm Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev , Svetlana Bednenko
*subject to change
The Mikhailovsky Theatre in 2013, celebrated the 180th anniversary of its founding and the 80th anniversary of its Ballet Company. The Ballet Company did not become a permanent fixture at the theater overnight, however: it was a gradual process that began in 1918, when the Mikhailovsky Theatre shifted its focus from drama to musical theater.
Even before the Ballet Company was officially founded by Fyodor Lopukhov in 1933, the theater played host to some significant events that are now considered an important part of world ballet history. In 1923, the young Giorgi Balanchivadze, who later changed his name to George Balanchine, staged dances in Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Golden Cockerel at the theater. It was there that the renowned ballet The Bright Stream to Dmitry Shostakovich’s score was first staged in 1935 by Lopukhov.
At various times in its history the following outstanding Russian ballet masters have taken the helm of the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company: Leonid Lavrovsky, Pyotr Gusev, Igor Belsky, Konstantin Boyarsky, Oleg Vinogradov, Nikolai Boyarchikov, Farukh Ruzimatov, and Nacho Duato. At present, the Company’s Ballet Master in Chief is Mikhail Messerer.
Mikhailovsky Ballet is a young, thriving company that effortlessly combines classical traditions with a modern look, and does not shy away from creative experiments. The Company’s Principal Dancers include world-class stars, as well as recent graduates from Russia’s top ballet schools and academies.
Tickets are: Orchestra & 1st Ring $29, $55, $89, $129 & $149; 2nd & 3rd Ring $29, $55, $89 &$129; 4th Ring $55, $89, & $129. There also will be only 25 Premium ticket packages for each performance (best in the Orchestra, souvenir program, a glass of champagne, meet company members). Buy 2 programs get a 10% discount; 3 programs with a 20% discount. Tickets can be purchased at the box office and at (212) 496-0600; or by Fax at (212) 580-2545 and on the web. http://davidhkochtheater.com/