14th Mariinsky International Ballet Festival

30 May 2014

The Mariinsky Theatre and Mariinsky-2 Theatre has hosted the 14th Mariinsky International Ballet Festival from April 3rd to 13th.

The event was opened with the premiere of three acts from the ballet, Sylvia, to music by Léo Delibes and choreography by Frederick Ashton. The composition by Delibes was praised by Pyotr Tchaikovsky as the first ballet music worth listening to: “Such beauty, such grace and such melodic rhythmic and harmonic exuberance!”

Traditionally, the festival also features a guest ballet troupe, which this year was represented by the Royal Danish Ballet with its performance of Naples staged by Sorella Englund and Nikolai Hubbe and inspired by August Bournonville’s choreography.

Diana Vishneva: On the Edge continues the series of projects performed by the Mariinsky Theatre’s prima ballerina. Previous projects by Vishneva, Beauty in Motion and Dialogues, have been awarded five Golden Mask prizes in different categories.

Contemporary dance was represented at the festival by Wayne McGregor’s Infra, Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH and The Rite of Spring by Sasha Waltz while the best classical performances were given by Mariinsky Theatre’s leading dancers and guest soloists: Denis Rodkin, Oksana Skoryk, Alina Somova, Kimin Kim, Isabella Boylston and many others.

As a special event, the festival organised the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, a project allowing young choreography talents to express themselves, turning their bold ideas into reality at the Mariinsky Theatre.

The festival was closed by a grand gala concert of ballet stars, performing George Balanchine’s Symphony in C and a ballet divertissement, which among classical ballet acts also included Anton Pimonov’s new work, Inside the lines.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a partner of the Mariinsky Theatre and supports all its newly initiated and traditional events.


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