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Jewels is unique: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very differe...Show more
Jewels is unique: a full-length, three-act plotless ballet that uses the music of three very different composers. Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and chose music revealing the essence of each jewel. He explained: “Of course, I have always liked jewels; after all, I am an Oriental, from Georgia in the Caucasus. I like the color of gems, the beauty of stones, and it was wonderful to see how our costume workshop, under Karinska’s direction, came so close to the quality of real stones (which were of course too heavy for the dancers to wear!).” Each section of the ballet is distinct in both music and mood. Emeralds, which Balanchine considered “an evocation of France — the France of elegance, comfort, dress, perfume,” recalls the 19th century dances of the French Romantics. Rubies is crisp and witty, epitomizing the collaboration of Stravinsky and Balanchine. Diamonds recalls the order and grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Maryinsky Theater, where Balanchine was trained. Mary Clarke and Clement Crisp have written: “If the entire imperial Russian inheritance of ballet were lost, Diamonds would still tell us of its essence.” Full info
Composer: Gabriel Faure
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: George Balanchine
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Jean Coralli
Choreography: Jules Perrot
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
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19
February
Tuesday
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Swan Lake, the treasure of the Russian Classical Ballet ballet, form the basis of the classical ball...Show more
Swan Lake, the treasure of the Russian Classical Ballet ballet, form the basis of the classical ballet repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater: more than a hundred years ago, it was choreographed by Marius Petipa and is considered to be a hallmark of the Mariinsky Ballet - the Main Ballet Stage of the Russian Empire. This classical masterpiece was performed almost uncountable number of times at the Mariinsky Theatre and in the course of numerous tours. Full info
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Konstantin Sergeyev
Choreography: Lev Ivanov
Ballet company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet
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February
Thursday
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ALLA SHELEST was a very rare dancer, sensitive and delicate. A star of the Kirov Ballet during the F...Show more
ALLA SHELEST was a very rare dancer, sensitive and delicate. A star of the Kirov Ballet during the Forties and Fifties, she possessed the gift of being able to live the role she was portraying, and she was blessed with a physical grace and allure that was utterly captivating.Galina Ulanova, 10 years her senior, wrote of her: "She has a huge inner culture; she is a ballerina of tragedy and inspiration. For me she brings a new tract to every role she attempts." Full info
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World-famous Ballet Star Ivan Vasiliev
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
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22
February
Friday
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Le Corsaire ballet, Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem, The Corsair, which sold ten thousand copies ...Show more
Le Corsaire ballet, Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem, The Corsair, which sold ten thousand copies on the first day of publication, was first performed at the Bolshoi in 1856. This is a swashbuckling, romantic tale of pirates, slaves and oriental intrigue and is typical of the exotic and ambitious ballets created during the Tsarist era. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Composer: Cesare Pugni
Composer: Leo Delibes
Composer: Riccardo Drigo
Choreography: Marius Petipa
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
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24
February
Sunday
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Jean Coralli
Choreography: Jules Perrot
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26
February
Tuesday
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La Bayadere, the treasure of the Russian Classical
Ballet ballet, form the basis of the ball...Show more
La Bayadere, the treasure of the Russian Classical Ballet ballet, form the basis of the ballet repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater together with the Swan Lake: more than a hundred years ago, they were choreographed by Marius Petipa and are considered to be a hallmark of the Mariinsky Ballet. These classical masterpiece were performed almost uncountable number of times at the Mariinsky Theatre and in the course of numerous tours. Full info
Composer: Andrey Petrov
Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet
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27
February
Wednesday
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Conductor: Anton Grishanin
Choreography: Yuri Possokhov
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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La Bayadere, the treasure of the Russian Classical
Ballet ballet, form the basis of the ball...Show more
La Bayadere, the treasure of the Russian Classical Ballet ballet, form the basis of the ballet repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater together with the Swan Lake: more than a hundred years ago, they were choreographed by Marius Petipa and are considered to be a hallmark of the Mariinsky Ballet. These classical masterpiece were performed almost uncountable number of times at the Mariinsky Theatre and in the course of numerous tours. Full info
Composer: Andrey Petrov
Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet
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March
Friday
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There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Conductor: Alexei Bogorad
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Jean Coralli
Choreography: Jules Perrot
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Prokofiev’s Cinderella choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, good and sincere story of Cinderella, Prin...Show more
Prokofiev’s Cinderella choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, good and sincere story of Cinderella, Prince, Love and basic values of Life, was premierred at the Mariinsky Theatre in March 2002.At the time, Ratmansky was a little-known figure: a Bolshoi-trained dancer who had worked for several western companies and was launching his career as a choreographer. A decade later he is the world's most influential ballet-maker, credited with revitalising classical dance through a series of highly individual productions.His Cinderella is an uneven work which shows evidence of the choreographer's struggle to reconcile highly diverse elements. The Copenhagen Post: "Ratmansky’s production is attractive for its light and playful atmosphere, its irony and its self irony. The choreography successfully combines good traditions with inventiveness. A healthy sense of humour guarantees a “democratic feel” and intelligibility to the performance, the thirst for the acting finds a joyous response from the performers, and the exaggerated attention to stylistics gives the ballet a western gloss." Full info
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Saturday
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There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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Prokofiev’s Cinderella choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, good and sincere story of Cinderella, Prin...Show more
Prokofiev’s Cinderella choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, good and sincere story of Cinderella, Prince, Love and basic values of Life, was premierred at the Mariinsky Theatre in March 2002.At the time, Ratmansky was a little-known figure: a Bolshoi-trained dancer who had worked for several western companies and was launching his career as a choreographer. A decade later he is the world's most influential ballet-maker, credited with revitalising classical dance through a series of highly individual productions.His Cinderella is an uneven work which shows evidence of the choreographer's struggle to reconcile highly diverse elements. The Copenhagen Post: "Ratmansky’s production is attractive for its light and playful atmosphere, its irony and its self irony. The choreography successfully combines good traditions with inventiveness. A healthy sense of humour guarantees a “democratic feel” and intelligibility to the performance, the thirst for the acting finds a joyous response from the performers, and the exaggerated attention to stylistics gives the ballet a western gloss." Full info
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Prokofiev’s Cinderella choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, good and sincere story of Cinderella, Prin...Show more
Prokofiev’s Cinderella choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, good and sincere story of Cinderella, Prince, Love and basic values of Life, was premierred at the Mariinsky Theatre in March 2002.At the time, Ratmansky was a little-known figure: a Bolshoi-trained dancer who had worked for several western companies and was launching his career as a choreographer. A decade later he is the world's most influential ballet-maker, credited with revitalising classical dance through a series of highly individual productions.His Cinderella is an uneven work which shows evidence of the choreographer's struggle to reconcile highly diverse elements. The Copenhagen Post: "Ratmansky’s production is attractive for its light and playful atmosphere, its irony and its self irony. The choreography successfully combines good traditions with inventiveness. A healthy sense of humour guarantees a “democratic feel” and intelligibility to the performance, the thirst for the acting finds a joyous response from the performers, and the exaggerated attention to stylistics gives the ballet a western gloss." Full info
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Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was t...Show more
Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory. MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as 'not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor'. Full info
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Sunday
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There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
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Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was t...Show more
Kenneth MacMillan began work on Manon shortly after the birth of his only daughter. His source was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted twice for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score made from a patchwork of works by Massenet, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory. MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon, bringing his customary psychological insight and the memories of his own impoverished upbringing. He described his heroine as 'not so much afraid of being poor as ashamed of being poor'. Full info
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The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiven...Show more
The epitome of Romantic ballet, Giselle is a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness. The role of Giselle, often described as the Hamlet of the ballet world, requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills. Giselle (by Marius Petipa) is one of the world's favorite romantic ballets, and tells the story of a beautiful village girl who falls in love with a powerful Count, who is disguises himself as a fellow villager. When Giselle learns of his deception and that their love will never be, her world falls apart and she descends into madness. Full info
Composer: Adolphe Adam
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Tuesday
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Tchaikovsky's second and longest ballet failed to take off in the composer's lifetime but is now a w...Show more
Tchaikovsky's second and longest ballet failed to take off in the composer's lifetime but is now a worldwide favourite.Tchaikovsky's second ballet was premiered in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It is his longest ballet, lasting nearly three hours without intervals.Despite being aware that his Swan Lake had met with little enthusiasm, Tchaikovsky enthusiastically accepted the commission to write a ballet based on Charles Perrault's La Belle au bois dormant via a version by the Brothers Grimm.Tchaikovsky's ballet focussed in on the two main conflicting forces of good - the Lilac Fairy - and evil - Carabosse. Each has their own theme, which runs through the entire work, providing a thread to the plot. Act III however takes a complete break from the two motifs and instead places focus on the individual characters at the various court dances.At the première, Tsar Alexander III summoned Tchaikovsky to the imperial box and made the simple remark 'Very nice,' which seemed to have irritated the composer, who was probably expecting more effusive appreciation.The ballet's premiere received more favourable accolades than Swan Lake from the press but Tchaikovsky sadly did not live long enough to witness his work become an instant success in theatres outside of Russia. Many of his best tunes were later turned into songs in the Walt Disney animated feature version, made in 1959. Full info
Composer: Andrey Petrov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Nicolai Boyarchikov
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet
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There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination ...Show more
There’s a good reason why Swan Lake is so often called the ‘ballet of all ballets’. The combination of pure romanticism, the story about love and deception and Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet music all continue to reach new generations of audiences. Swan Lake was Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's first score for ballet. Its 1877 premiere was poorly received, but it has since become one of the most loved of all ballets. The twinned role of the radiant White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina's powers, particularly in the two great pas de deux of Acts II and III. Other highlights include the charming Dance of the Little Swans performed by a moonlit lake and sweeping ballroom waltzes in the splendour of the royal palace. Full info
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Konstantin Sergeyev
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Tchaikovsky's second and longest ballet failed to take off in the composer's lifetime but is now a w...Show more
Tchaikovsky's second and longest ballet failed to take off in the composer's lifetime but is now a worldwide favourite.Tchaikovsky's second ballet was premiered in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. It is his longest ballet, lasting nearly three hours without intervals.Despite being aware that his Swan Lake had met with little enthusiasm, Tchaikovsky enthusiastically accepted the commission to write a ballet based on Charles Perrault's La Belle au bois dormant via a version by the Brothers Grimm.Tchaikovsky's ballet focussed in on the two main conflicting forces of good - the Lilac Fairy - and evil - Carabosse. Each has their own theme, which runs through the entire work, providing a thread to the plot. Act III however takes a complete break from the two motifs and instead places focus on the individual characters at the various court dances.At the première, Tsar Alexander III summoned Tchaikovsky to the imperial box and made the simple remark 'Very nice,' which seemed to have irritated the composer, who was probably expecting more effusive appreciation.The ballet's premiere received more favourable accolades than Swan Lake from the press but Tchaikovsky sadly did not live long enough to witness his work become an instant success in theatres outside of Russia. Many of his best tunes were later turned into songs in the Walt Disney animated feature version, made in 1959. Full info
Composer: Andrey Petrov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Choreography: Nicolai Boyarchikov
Ballet company: Mikhailovsky Ballet
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March
Thursday
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Composer: Cesare Pugni
Composer: Sergei Vasilenko
Choreography: Vladimir Burmeister
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March
Friday
World-famous Ballet Star Ivan Vasiliev
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Composer: Adolphe Adam
Composer: Andrey Petrov
Composer: Cesare Pugni
Composer: Leo Delibes
Composer: Riccardo Drigo
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Composer: Cesare Pugni
Composer: Sergei Vasilenko
Choreography: Vladimir Burmeister
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