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Culture news, 26.03.2005 17:51

Mariinsky International Ballet Festival

Mariinsky International Ballet Festival The Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg hosts the Mariinsky 5th international ballet festival from March 24 to April 3. This is the only classical dance festival in Russia gathering the leading ballet dancers of the world.

The festival traditionally opens with premieres, the press service of the Mariinsky Theater told RIA Novosti. The full version of "Two Ballets in the Late 20th Century" choreographed by William Forsythe will be presented at the festival. Moreover, the world premiere of the ballet "Reverence" will be shown in St. Petersburg. Acclaimed European choreographer David Dowson staged this performance especially for the Mariinsky festival.

"The programs of benefits of the Mariinsky Theater's ballerinas show their repertoire from classical dances to choreographic innovations, as well as the cardinal repertoire changes in the Mariinsky Theater in the latest years," the press service reported.

The festival's program includes performances of the Mariinsky Theater's repertoire starring the leading ballet dancers of the world. Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Svetlana Lunkina and Dmitry Gudanov (the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow), Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, Roberta Marquez (The Royal Ballet), Agnès Letestu, Jean-Guillaume Bart, Manuel Legris, Laurent Hilaire (Opera de Paris) and Roberto Bolle (la Scala) will arrive in St. Petersburg.

The Mariinsky festival will traditionally close with a gala of all stars based on the 20th century's choreographic trends.

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