A magnificent statement about what the Mariinsky troupe has meant and still prodigiously means after so many years.

The Financial Times, London

Special Event
Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra
Valery Gergiev, artistic director
La Bayadère
Conductor to be announced
Music by Ludwig Minkus
Choreography by Marius Petipa (1877)
Revised choreography by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani (1941)
With dances by Konstantin Sergeyev and Nikolai Zubkovsky
Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Set design by Mikhail Sishliannikov after set designs by Adolf Kvapp, Konstantin Ivanov, Pyotr Lambin, and Orest Allegri
Costumes by Yevgeny Ponomarev
Lighting design by Mikhail Sishliannikov

No company in the world dances the spellbinding "Kingdom of the Shades" scene in La Bayadère as brilliantly as Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Ballet. The story of forbidden love and shocking betrayal, complete with a spectral voyage to the afterlife, radiates with colorful characters, opulent sets, and vibrant costumes, performed with the unmatched refinement, dramatic poise, and flawless technique that defines this centuries-old cultural institution. Marius Petipa created La Bayadère for the Mariinsky more than 140 years ago, and the marvelous Romantic work—with a score by Ludwig Minkus performed here in all its glory by the company's grand orchestra—continues to be one of the ensemble's most beloved showpieces well into the 21st century.

The Mariinsky's rare Berkeley appearances are truly momentous occasions, marked by passionate standing ovations and fervent pleas for curtain calls shouted from the rafters of a packed and electrified Zellerbach Hall.


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Program Notes

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