Mariinsky Little Humpbacked Horse Kennedy Center 1/31 - 2/5/17 in Kirov-Mariinsky Ballet Posted February 4, 2017 I got to see the Wed. and Fri. performances. The only comment I'm going to add is about casting. After seeing Shklyarov and Latypov, I think the Mariinsky management seriously goofed by sending only one principal dancer. They overestimated the appeal of the company as box office draw without the charisma of their star dancers. Even if you didn't know Shklyarov was a principal, you would have felt drawn into his world. His adventures seemed real and and ridiculous and consequential. Of course there are wonderful dancers at all levels of the company. In the internet age, with our access to reviews and articles from around the world that our smartphones can translate for us and videos, the ballet fanatics can make an informed choice about matching casting to their tastes and casual fans have a sense of which dancers have the "it factor" that will tempt them to purchase tickets. Minus the selection of repertory that draws or dancers that entice both devotees and dilettantes, there will be empty seats in the theater, even for the glorious Mariinsky.