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Hello everyone. I am new to this forum, and have specific interests as a long time fan and goer. I enjoy true classic ballet and have seen several of the Russian ballet companies touring the USA in past years. Could someone please suggest to me where I might find relatively objective information and discussions on this subject. I would like to know all the companies that currently tour, when and where they will perform, who has the budgets for great sets, props, and costumes, etc.

Thanks in advance.


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Welcome to Ballet Talk, Maksim.

As fare as the companies who tour and have resources for opulent sets and costumes, they are the Kirov and Bolshoi. I haven't seen any news of a Bolshoi tour of the US. They were in London again this past summer and will be in Paris this winter.

The Kirov is coming to New York next April 1-20, and will perform for three weeks at City Center. There's a long thread in our Heads Up! forum, found at this link. Tickets went on sale last Spring. We do expect the announced casting to change as the performances get closer. The Company will also perform La Bayadere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC from January 22-27, 2008.


Many of the smaller companies that tour the US for months and from city to city are limited to having sets and costumes that fit into a cost-effective number of trucks and the sets must be able to be hung, assembled, and lit in a variety of venues, some of which have sub-optimal and relatively primitive loading areas and lighting systems.

The State Ballet of Georgia is coming to Berkeley in February, and Nina Ananiashvili is scheduled to dance in the triple bill on Thursday and the Giselle on Saturday night.


According to this article, the winter 2008 US tour schedule is:

February 14-17 - Berkeley, CA - Cal Performances

February 19 - Santa Barbara, CA - UC Santa Barbara

February 21-24 - Los Angeles, CA - UCLA

February 27-March 2 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Academy of Music

March 5-9 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre

March 11 - Iowa City, IA - University of Iowa

March 14-15 - Minneapolis, MN - University of Minnesota

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