Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet to Perform at New York City Center in 2008

Classic Arts News   Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet to Perform at New York City Center in 2008
The Kirov Ballet and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater will perform at New York City Center for the first time in April next year, during a three-week engagement under artistic director Valery Gergiev and ballet director Makhar Vaziev.

The company will perform a wide range of works, including Marius Petipa's "The Kingdom of Shadows" from La Bayadre, Mikhail Fokine's Scheherazade and Chopiniana, the grand pas de deux from Alexander Gorsky's Don Quixote, George Balanchine's Jewels (Rubies) and Ballet Imperial, and William Forsythe's Steptext.

The Kirov Ballet was founded in St. Petersburg in 1783 and has produced some of the world's greatest dancers, including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and others. The company, along with the Kirov Opera, the Kirov Orchestra and the rest of the Mariinsky Theater, has been under Gergiev's artistic direction since 1988.

The season will be presented by Ardani Artists Management, which was founded in Moscow by arts promoter Sergei Danilian in 1990, and entered the American market in 1994.

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