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 Post subject: Kirov Ballet 2004 Season Highlights
PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2003 10:28 pm 
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Along with some warm holiday greetings from my friend in the Mariinsky Theatre comes this list of highlights for 2004:

Ballet Premieres

Ballets by W. Forsythe (As part of the IV International Ballet Festival
Mariinsky)
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
Music: Franz Schubert
Set Design: William Forsythe
Costumes: Stephen Galloway

Steptext
Music: J. S. Bach
Costumes and Set Design: William Forsythe

In the Middle Somewhat Elevated
Music: Thom Willems
Costumes and Set Design: William Forsythe

Premieres of ballets by G. Balanchine to mark one century since his
birth
The Four Temperaments
Music: The Four Temperaments: Theme with
Four Variations for String Orchestra and Piano (1940) by Paul
Hindemith
Choreography: George Balanchine

La Valse
Music: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales (1911, orchestrated 1912);
La Valse (1920), by Maurice Ravel
Choreography: George Balanchine

Ballet Imperial
Music: Piano Concerto No.2 in G major, Op. 44 (1879) by Peter
Tschaikovsky
Choreography: George Balanchine

Festivals

Mozart and Da Ponte festival, 24th-28th February

IV International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY, 5th-14th March.
With the participation of stars from the Mariinsky Theatre, American
Ballet
Theatre, the Opera de Paris and London's Royal Ballet; performances of
Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Etudes, Les Noces, Le Sacre du
printemps, The Sleeping Beauty, Chopiniana, Manon and Sounds of Empty
Pages.

XII International Stars of the White Nights Festival, 30th May-18th
July.
As part of the Festival there will be a programme marking two
centuries since the birth of Mikhail Glinka and a series of ballet
performances (from 2nd-10th June) entitled the Balanchine Celebration
at the Mariinsky, marking one hundred years since the birth of George
Balanchine, the greatest choreographer of the 20th century. This cycle
of performances will include ballets by choreographers who preceded
him and who came after him, as well as works by Balanchine himself. In
addition to Mariinsky Theatre soloists, dancers from leading ballet
companies from Russia and abroad will be engaged in these
performances.

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