Mikhailovsky Theatre’s 180th Season Opened on 13 September
This season is dedicated to the build-up to a landmark date: the 180 year anniversary of the founding of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. This date will be celebrated in a year’s time, in autumn 2013. Vladimir Kekhman, the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s General Director, has been talking about the Theatre’s plans.
“The Mikhailovsky Theatre’s new season is a commemorative one: in 2013 we are marking our 180th anniversary.”
The first ballet première of the season will take place on 13 December: Nacho Duato, Artistic Director of the ballet company, is working on new choreography for Sergey Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. The conductor and director for both performances is Musical Director and Principal Conductor Mikhail Tatarnikov.
In addition to the premières, the theatre will offer a number of other special events before the end of 2012. On 6, 7, and 9 November, during the Diaghilev P.S. festival, in which the Mikhailovsky Theatre is a partner, the stage will be given over to touring productions from the Hamburg Ballet, a world famous collective under the direction of John Neumeier. The programme includes the ballet La Dame aux Camellias and a gala concert. The opening ceremony for the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum will take place on 10 November. Preparations are also well underway for the Mikhailovsky Theatre Grand Prix, which will showcase some of the most promising pupils studying in ballet schools, and will take place on 21–22 November. In accordance with tradition, this will be topped off by a gala concert featuring stars of the world ballet stage.
- The 180th season opened on 13 September with the ballet Giselle, ou Les Wilis. The leading roles were performed by Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes. These world-famous dancers will regularly appear throughout the season on the stage of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, both in the classical and contemporary repertoires.
- The touring programme for the forthcoming season will begin with performances in Riga, Latvia, at the Golden Mask festival of performing arts at the beginning of October. In March and April 2013 the touring ballet company will put on a two week run at the London Coliseum, performing Don Quixote, Swan Lake, and Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, as well as putting on an evening of one-act ballets for the British audience. In April 2013, on the invitation of Ivan Liška, Artistic Director of the Bavarian State Opera, the ballet company is going to Munich, where it will present Nacho Duato’s staging of The Sleeping Beauty. In the summer of 2013, the Theatre’s opera company will take part in the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland.