34, Dvortsovaya embankment
Ballet performances in the Emperor Hermitage theatre of the State Hermitage took a special place in an event programme of theatrical Petersburg.
The word "Hermitage" is strongly associated with the palace complex of Winter Emperor Palace in the center of Saint Petersburg. The complex of buildings of the Winter Palace is a masterpiece of palace architecture and serves the main decoration of the city on Neva.
The State Hermitage takes five monumental buildings, created in 18-19th centuries by famous architects and located in the very center of Saint Petersburg.
The Hermitage Theatre belongs to a number of famous but nit available and, as a rule, not including into the usual execution route objects of the Hermitage; it is really a masterpiece of the architecture.
The Hermitage Theatre is the oldest building of the Winter Palace Complex. It was build on the site of the former Winter Palace by Peter I. The theatre building is functionally independent, faces its facade on Dvortsovaya Embankment and is connected with the main palace building by means of an arch over the canal, connecting Moika river with Neva river "Zimnyaya Kanavka". This building was constructed in 171-1723, and the theatre itself was build later in 1783-85, to a design by the architect Gakomo Quarenghi and finished in 1802.
The theatre and hall decoration is unique and represents a classical masterpiece of palace architecture of 17th century.
Firstly was thought as a small court theatre with capacity of 250 peoples, which is for Emperor family and selected court. This defined forms, hall sizes and seat arrangement. The hall has an elegant and brilliant decoration. Deep circle of the hall, thought in ancient principle, in is proportions is harmonically suitable to rows of marble semicolumns, arranged a semiround hall. In front of the stage there are the small stalles for three rows with seven seats for important guests. Behind the balustrade, selected the wall from the hall, there are several rows of the hall are decorated with marble and classical sculptures of Apollo and nine muses. Bas-reliefs with drawing of famous poets and musicians are installed.
The seats are covered by red velvet; the floors are covered by carpets. Unique lamps softly lightening the hall come down from the ceiling. The architectural design of the hall of the Hermitage theatre is in the strict classical forms of a worlds building and canons.
In front of the stage there is an orchestra hole, separated from the hall by the balustrade. The geometrical proportions of hall area and depth of stage space are unique. Having small width the stage is enough deep and allows to set up different decorations and gives the artists the necessary and large space, that is enough for staging ballet performances. The hall itself is unique; it is quite small and is situated so that there is no need of opera glasses. Everything on the stage is well seen from each seat. He has unique form and volumes with brilliant natural acoustics; the music sounds are transmitted clearly and without distorting.
The performances of best Petersburg and Moscow ballet dancers and ballet troupes are staged at the unique in beauty and decoration theatre. Almost every evening the curtain is gone up and beautiful ballet performances start; live music of great composer's sounds in the performance of symphonic orchestra. These performances with high-class masters are the treasure of ballet art. Music of great composers, high level of performing, hospitality really impresses the guests of Saint Petersburg. The performances are unique and nicely add the impression of historical image of a beautiful city, its embankment and canals.
The ballet repertoire is: "Giselle", "Swan lake", "Chopiniana" etc. Also in the Hermitage theatre there are evening of ballets starts ? Gala-concerts, including the fragments of world-known ballets such as "The Sleeping Beauty", "Giselle", "Raymonda", "La Sylphide", "La Esmeralda" "Le Corsaire", "Don Quixote", "Spartak", "Carmen", "Legend of love", concert piece, the masterpiece of Russian ballet "A Dying Swan" and many others.
The leading soloists and ballet artists of the Hermitage theatre of Russia and other ballet theatres of Saint Petersburg take place in the performances.
Full list of performances