Throughout the glorious White Nights the Mikhailovsky Theatre is presenting the finest ballets in the classical repertoire.
With the arrival of the warm summer evenings, established classics take on a special charm. They come across as fresh and new, attracting both seasoned ballet lovers and those just beginning to get acquainted with classical ballet.
La Sylphide and Giselle, ou Les Wilis represent the romantic tradition in the summer repertoire. Despite being the oldest of the romantic productions still performed today, La Sylphide has not lost its charm, and remains a benchmark for graceful ballet style. With its canonical text and precise mise en scène, Giselle, ou Les Wilis combines the sunny earthly world of small idyllic villages with the spiritual and mystical world of mysterious visions.
Le Corsaire represents a particularly oriental dimension in romantic ballet. The absorbing pirate battles, the hustle and bustle of eastern bazaars and the sweet languor of Turkish harems make this production particularly alluring, sensitively conveying the spirit of the poem which inspired it.
Two revised versions of classical ballets to the music of Ludwig Minkus are particularly catching the eye of the public this season. In La Bayadère there is an enchanting contrast between Eastern exoticism and the classical purity of the Kingdom of the Shades scene. The life-affirming Don Quixote is back with new sets and costumes to re-create the burning passion of Spain.
A particular highlight of the summer ballet repertoire is Nacho Duato’s new version of The Sleeping Beauty. Critics have described this production as “rejuvenated” (Moskovskoe Novosti) and “lyrical, almost homely” (Izvestia). The truly magical costumes, which go a long way towards defining the atmosphere of the ballet, have particularly delighted audiences. “The costumes for The Sleeping Beauty make you regret that tickets for the production do not include a tour of the wardrobe room: the images created by the production’s costume designer Angelina Atlagić may become a subject of discussion for regular fashion week attendees” (Kultura).
- 5, 6 and 8 June – La Bayadère
- 14, 15, 18 and 19 June – La Sylphide
- 21, 23, 25 and 26 June; 19, 20 and 21 July – The Sleeping Beauty
- 28, 29 and 30 June – Giselle, ou Les Wilis
- 3, 5 and 6 July – Le Corsaire
- 24, 25, 26 and 27 July – Don Quixote
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