Mariinsky Performs at Bolshoi Exchange
By Raymond Stults for The Moscow Times
Next Friday, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater begins a four-day visit to the stage of the Bolshoi Theater as its part in an annual exchange with the Bolshoi initiated last season under the auspices of the Golden Mask theatrical awards festival. The Bolshoi reciprocates with four performances at the Mariinsky, scheduled to begin Saturday and conclude Wednesday.
Originally, the Mariinsky announced that it would bring two of its nominees for this year's Golden Mask awards: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Cosi Fan Tutte" and Sergei Prokofiev's ballet "Cinderella." But for technical reasons, the theater has substituted a pair of ballet programs.
On March 14 and 15, the Mariinsky presents a triple bill comprised of two very early ballets by French choreographer Roland Petit -- "Carmen," which dates from 1949, and "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort," which debuted in 1946 -- and "Middle Duet," the work of acclaimed young Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. Each ballet was premiered at the Mariinsky in 1998.
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