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Saint-Petersburg Theatres | The Mariinsky (Kirov Ballet) Theatre playbill | The Ballets of William Forsythe

The Mariinsky (Kirov Ballet) Theatre
The Ballets of William Forsythe

WILLIAM FORSYTHE can justly be called the true heir of George Balanchine, the 20th century’s greatest choreographer, and, via Balanchine, of Marius Petipa - and thus of the great dance traditions of the Mariinsky Theatre. Forsythe, who set the course for the development of ballet at the close of the 20th and start of the 21st centuries, had previously never been to Russia. A planned installation by the Kremlin walls was forbidden by the authorities in Moscow. In 2002, he came to St Petersburg for the first time where he and four dancers from the Frankfurter Ballett amazed the public at the MARIINSKY ballet festival with the work Artifact-II. One year later, a group of Mariinsky Theatre dancers travelled to Forsythe’s studio in Frankfurt. At last, the Mariinsky Theatre and Forsythe came to an agreement to stage three of his famous ballets at the Mariinsky Theatre.

Theatre address: Theatralnaya sq., 1
Show begins at 19.00

Choreography: William Forsythe
Staging, lighting and costumes: William Forsythe
Music: J. S. Bach, Partita No. 2 BWV1004 in D minor, Chaconne
William Forsythe’s Assistant: Aaron Watkin

Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Franz Schubert, Symphony Op. 31 in C major
Staging and lighting design: William Forsythe
Costume design: Stephen Galloway
William Forsythe’s Assistant: Noah D. Gelber

Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Thom Willems in collaboration with Lesley Schtuk
Set, costume and lighting design: William Forsythe
William Forsythe’s Assistant: Katryn Bennets

At the Mariinsky Theatre, William Forsythe’s ballets are being rehearsed by Ulyana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Irma Nioradze, Darya Pavlenko, Elvira Tarasova, Natalia Sologub, Sofia Gumerova, Nadezhda Gonchar, Tatiana Tkachenko, Andrian Fadeyev, Igor Kolb, Andrei Merkuriev, Leonid Sarafanov, Anton Korsakov and many young dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet Company.


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