LAST EDITED ON 11-03-03 AT 10:09 AM (GMT)
Details have been confirmed of the Kirov's visit to the Royal Opera House this summer. The highlights will include Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring in Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer's reconstruction of it, and a version of Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces. Here is the press announcement.
VICTOR HOCHHAUSER PRESENTS THE KIROV BALLET
Royal Opera House. Covent Garden: 21 July - 9 August 2003
With five programmes, including a new production of La Bavadere; Les Noces. performed with the world-famous Mariinsky Choir; Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring reconstructed and Harald Lander's Etudes. With the Orchestra and Choir of the Mariinsky Theatre
The Kirov Ballet returns to the Royal Opera House this summer for a three-week season presented by Victor Hochhauser. With its matchless style and grace, and its supremely disciplined corps de ballet, The Kirov Ballet has long been recognised as one of the wonders of classical ballet and its London seasons are a major highlight of the dance calendar.
The season runs from 21 July - 9 August and opens with Le Corsaire, one of the Company's most scintillating ballets, which played to completely sold-out houses when it was performed in London two years ago. This 19th century tale of pirates, abductions and high-spirits, showcases the Russian style and presents one of the most famous pas de trois in the classical repertory.
Not to be missed will be the first performances in this country of a spectacular recreation of the original Mariinsky Theatre production (1900) of Petipa's La Bayadere with a restored fourth act based on research by Sergei Vikharev, who was also responsible for the Kirov's magnificent production of The Sleeping Beauty.
The other highlights of the season will be performances of two masterpieces from the Diaghilev era - a reconstruction of Nijinsky's The Rite of Spring and Bronislava Nijinska's Les Noces. Both ballets are set to works of genius by Stravinsky, performed here by the full forces of the Mariinsky Orchestra, augmented for Les Noces by the magnificent Mariinsky Choir and soloists of the Mariinsky Opera.
The Kirov Ballet is excited to present their first performances abroad of Harald Lander's Etudes, after performing it for the first time in St. Petersburg in April. Of course, no Kirov season would be complete without its peerless production of Swan Lake with its glorious corps de ballet.
Les Noces appears in a mixed programme, Homage to Diaghilev, where its raw power is juxtaposed alongside Fokine's Chopiniana and the overwhelmingly popular Scheherazade.
The second mixed programme, entitled Contrasts, brings together three 20th century choreographers of genius, Balanchine, Nijinsky and Harald Lander in performances of Serenade, The Rite of Spring and Etudes.
This year's dancers include :
Tatiana Amosova, Janna Ayupova, Maya Dumchenko, Sofia Gumerova, Yulia Makhalina, Irma Nioradze, Daria Pavlenko, Natalia Sologub, Elvira Tarasova, Diana Vishneva, Svetlana Zakharova and Irina Zhelonkina.
Viktor Baranov, Andrian Fadeyev, Igor Kolb, Anton Korsakov, Daniil Korsuntsev, Alexander Kurkov, Faroukh Ruzimatov, Leonid Sarafanov, Andrei Yakovlev and Igor Zelensky.
The Kirov Ballet's productions of The Rite of Spring and Etudes are sponsored by The Mariinsky Trust (UK).
Public booking opens on Monday. May 19. 2003.
Ticket prices: £8.50-£80
Box Office: 020 7304 4000
Online booking: www.royaloperahouse.org
Monday 21st July 7.30pm Le Corsaire
The Kirov Ballet at the Royal Opera House - 21 July-9 August 2003
Tue 22nd July 7.30pm Le Corsaire
Wed 23rd July 2.30pmLe Corsaire
Wed 23rd July 7.30pmLe Corsaire
Thursday 24th July 7.30pm Swan Lake
Friday 25th July 7.30pm Swan Lake
Saturday 26th July 2.30pmSwan Lake
Saturday 26th July 7.30pmSwan LakeMonday 28th July 7.30pm Chopiniana, Les Noces, Scheherazade
Tuesday 29th July 7.30pmChopiniana, Les Noces, Scheherazade
Wed 30th July 2.30pm Chopiniana, Les Noces, Scheherazade
Wed 30th July 7.30pm Chopiniana, Les Noces, Scheherazade
Thursday 31st July 7.00pm La Bayadere
Friday 1st August 7.00pm La Bayadere
Saturday 2nd August 1.30pm La Bayadere
Saturday 2nd August 7.00pm La BayadereMonday 4th August 7.30pm Serenade, The Rite of Spring, Etudes
Tuesday 5th August 7.30pmSerenade, The Rite of Spring, Etudes
Wednesday 6th August 2.30pm Swan Lake
Wednesday 6th August 7.30pm Swan Lake
Thursday 7th August 7.30pm Swan Lake
Friday 8th August 7.30pm Swan Lake
Saturday 9th August 2.30pm Le Corsaire
Saturday 9th August 7.30pm Le Corsaire