Los Angeles Dance Preview: MARIINSKY BALLET (Raymonda at SCFTA; Cinderella at Dorothy Chandler)

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by Tony Frankel on September 16, 2015

in Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-Regional

MARIINSKY BALLET & ORCHESTRA DOUBLE DOSE

Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most influential and historically rich dance companies, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts September 24 – 27, 2015 opening the Center’s 30th Season with Raymonda. Performing with the Mariinsky Orchestra, conducted by Gavriel Heine, this will be the company’s eighth visit to the Center and the first time this masterpiece from the Golden Age of Russian classical ballet will be performed in Southern California. Following the Segerstrom Center engagement, the company will perform Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella Cinderella on October 8 – 11, 2015, at The Music Center in Los Angeles.

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Raymonda has been called the “last grand ballet” of the 19th century. The choreography – filled with dazzling solos, spellbinding duets and intricate ensembles – is by Marius Petipa to Alexander Glazunov’s atmospheric and dramatic score. The Mariinsky production includes revisions by Konstantin Sergeyev with choreographic fragments by Fyodor Lopukhov. Raymonda is known primarily through its Grand Pas Classique Hongrois from the third act, which is often performed independently. The ballet is set in medieval Hungary and tells the story of a beautiful young noblewoman who is conflicted by her love for her betrothed, the crusader knight Jean de Brienne, and a handsome Saracen warrior.

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Raymonda Dates and Principal Casting:
(Artists and program subject to change)

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September 24, 7:30 pm
Raymonda: Viktoria Tereshkina
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Vladmir Shklyarov
Abderakhman, Saracen Chief:
René de Brienne, A Hungarian Knight: Soslan Kulaev
Ali, His Retainer: Islom Baimuradov
Henrietta: Renata Shakirova
Clémence: Kristina Shapran

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September 25, 7:30 pm
Raymonda: Oxana Skorik
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Andrey Ermakov
Abderakhman, Saracen Chief: Yuri Smekalov
René de Brienne, A Hungarian Knight: Soslan Kulaev
Ali, His Retainer: Islom Baimuradov
Henrietta: Nadezhda Batoeva
Clémence: Ekaterina Chebykina

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September 26, 2:00 pm
Raymonda: Viktoria Tereshkina
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Timur Askerov
Abderakhman, Saracen Chief:
René de Brienne, A Hungarian Knight: Soslan Kulaev
Ali, His Retainer: Islom Baimuradov
Henrietta: Renata Shakirova
Clémence: Kristina Shapra

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September 26, 7:30 pm
Raymonda: Oxana Skorik
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Andrey Ermakov
Abderakhman, Saracen Chief: Yuri Smekalov
René de Brienne, A Hungarian Knight: Soslan Kulaev
Ali, His Retainer: Islom Baimuradov
Henrietta: Nadezhda Batoeva
Clémence: Ekaterina Chebykina

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September 27, 1:00 pm
Raymonda: Anastasia Matvienko
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Timur Askerov
Abderakhman, Saracen Chief: Yuri Smekalov
René de Brienne, A Hungarian Knight: Soslan Kulaev
Ali, His Retainer: Islom Baimuradov
Henrietta: Renata Shakirova
Clémence: Kristina Shapran

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September 27, 6:30 pm
Raymonda: Viktoria Tereshkina
Countess Sibilla: Elena Bazhenova
Jean de Brienne: Vladmir Shklyarov
Abderakhman, Saracen Chief:
René de Brienne, A Hungarian Knight: Soslan Kulaev
Ali, His Retainer: Islom Baimuradov
Henrietta: Nadezhda Batoeva
Clémence: Ekaterina Chebykina

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photos by Natalia Razina and Valentin Baranovsky

Mariinsky Ballet
Raymonda
September 24 – 27, 2015, at Segerstrom Hall
600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa
for tickets, call 714.556.2787 or visit SCFTA
Mariinsky’s Ballet Director Yuri Fateev conducts 1-hr talks before each performance

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Commissioned for the Mariinsky Theatre and premiering in March 2002, Ratmansky’s Cinderella launched the now internationally renowned choreographer onto the world stage. He weaves together a magnificent array of different styles that are interpreted through virtuous classical language along with a monumental, dramatic score. The result is a fresh, witty and sardonic account of the story. Ratmansky combines the grand spectacle of ballet from Soviet Russia with innovative choreography that has a contemporary edge, offering audiences endearing characters and a sense of sophistication. Cinderella is portrayed as a lonely dreamer and her stepmother as a vicious, tantrum-prone social climber. The choreography builds to a pas de deux of aching beauty and tenderness between Cinderella and her prince. The performances are complemented by spectacular sets and costumes that portray a more modern world of the 20th century.

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Founded in the 18th century and originally known as the Imperial Russian Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet is one of the world’s leading classical ballet companies. The company is based at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The Mariinsky Ballet is the parent company of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, a leading international ballet school, from which some of the greatest and most well-known dancers emerged, including Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, George Balanchine and Natalia Makarova.

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Cinderella Dates and Principal Casting:
(Artists and program subject to change)

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October 8, 7:30 pm
Cinderella: Diana Vishneva
The Prince: Konstantin Zverev
Stepmother: Sofia Gumerova
Khudishka: Margarita Frolova
Kubishka: Ekaterina Ivannikova
Fairy-Tramp: Elena Bazhenova
Cinderella’s Mother: Lubov Kozharskaya
Cinderella’s Father: Andrey Yakovlev
Spring: Vasily Tkachenko
Summer: Alexey Popov
Autumn: Konstantin Ivkin
Winter : Andrey Soloviev
Female Dance: Diana Smirnova
Male Dance: Islom Baimuradov

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October 9, 7:30 pm
Cinderella: Anastasia Matvienko
The Prince: Filipp Stepin
Stepmother: Anastasia Petushkova
Khudishka: Ekaterina Chebykina
Kubishka: Sofia Skoblikova
Fairy-Tramp: Lubov Kozharskaya
Cinderella’s Mother: Elena Bazhenova
Cinderella’s Father: Andrey Yakovlev
Spring: Yaroslav Baibordin
Summer: Boris Zhurilov
Autumn: Alexey Nedviga
Winter : Vitaly Amelishko
Female Dance: Viktoria Brileva
Male Dance: Yury Smekalov

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October 10, 2:00 pm
Cinderella: Kristina Shapran
The Prince: Konstantin Zverev
Stepmother: Sofia Gumerova
Khudishka: Margarita Frolova
Kubishka: Ekaterina Ivannikova
Fairy-Tramp: Lubov Kozharskaya
Cinderella’s Mother: Elena Bazhenova
Cinderella’s Father: Andrey Yakovlev
Spring: Vasily Tkachenko
Summer: Alexey Popov
Autumn: Konstantin Ivkin
Winter : Andrey Soloviev
Female Dance: Diana Smirnova
Male Dance: Islom Baimuradov

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October 10, 7:30 pm
Cinderella: Nadezhda Batoeva
The Prince: Vladimir Shklyarov
Stepmother: Anastasia Petushkova
Khudishka: Ekaterina Chebykina
Kubishka: Sofia Skoblikova
Fairy-Tramp: Elena Bazhenova
Cinderella’s Mother: Lubov Kozharskaya
Cinderella’s Father: Andrey Yakovlev
Spring: Yaroslav Baibordin
Summer: Boris Zhurilov
Autumn: Alexey Nedviga
Winter : Vitaly Amelishko
Female Dance: Viktoria Brileva
Male Dance: Yury Smekalov

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October 11, 2:00 pm
Cinderella: Anastasia Matvienko
The Prince: Filipp Stepin
Stepmother: Sofia Gumerova
Khudishka: Margarita Frolova
Kubishka: Ekaterina Ivannikova
Fairy-Tramp: Lubov Kozharskaya
Cinderella’s Mother: Elena Bazhenova
Cinderella’s Father: Andrey Yakovlev
Spring: Vasily Tkachenko
Summer: Alexey Popov
Autumn: Konstantin Ivkin
Winter : Andrey Soloviev
Female Dance: Diana Smirnova
Male Dance: Islom Baimuradov

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photos by Natalia Razina and Valentin Baranovsky

Mariinsky Ballet
Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella
October 8-11, 2015, at The Music Center
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave in Los Angeles
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center
for tickets, call 213.972.0711 or visit The Music Center
pre-performance DANCETALKS one hour before each performance

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