The Kirov Ballet

After the fall of the Soviet Union The Kirov Ballet reverted back to its former name the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg Kirov Ballet. With ballet fans over the world continuing to call it the Kirov Ballet.

The Kirov Ballet has a celebrated history producing some of the nineteenth and twentieth century's greatest dancers, choreographers and ballets.  In the 19th century among the many great dancers produced were Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky, choreographers were Mikhail Fokine and Marius Petipa who collaborated with the Peter Illyich Tchaikovsky and Alexander Glazunov, to create ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Raymonda. During the 2oth century the company created dancers such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and Rudolf Nureyev.  This is a company filled with an illustrious past and is considered by many to be the true home of classical ballet.

They will be performing at the Kodak Theatre from October 15th through the 19th  and then at the Orange County Center for Performing Arts from October 21 - 26, 2003.

While at the Kodak Theatre they will be presenting "La Bayadere", originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. "La Bayadere" is one of the oldest ballets in the Russian classical repertoire. It is the sad love story of the noble warrior Solor and the temple dancer Nikia, who is poisoned by her rival, Princess Gamzatti.

At the Orange County Performing Arts Center, they will be presenting two different productions. The first is an evening of Fokine Classics:

"Chopiniana", better known as "Les Sylphides" - Choreographed by Mikhail Fokine. A romantic ballet filled with poetry and sorrow, lightness and beauty. It is built around minimal technique with flowing "singing" arm movements, a long body line and deliberately symmetrical groups and parallel lines.

"Scheherazade" - Choreographed by Mikhail Fokine.  Based on Arabian fairy tales. Brothers Shah Shahryar and Shah Zeman depart for a hunt but return unexpectedly, to the surprise of their wives partaking in an orgy of unfaithfulness, which had begun immediately after their departure, ending in the slaughter of the lovers and faithless wives.

"The Firebird " - Choreographed by Mikhail Fokine. A Russian fairy-tale in two tableaux. An exquisite pageant in which a wide range of fluid opportunities are used much the same as a palette of color. This is an up-to-date version of Russian folklore both in terms of movement and color.

The second ballet presented will be "Jewels"- A ballet in Three Parts - choreographed by George Balanchine. Each movement of this ballet is costumed in a different jewel color. Not so much about gems as about the facets of classical dancing. Considered to be the first three-act ballet without a story. The jewel motif is actually a devise to unite sections that would otherwise be disparate.

"La Bayadere" is performing October 15-19.at the Kodak Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Wednesday, October 15 at 8 pm;
Thursday, October 16at 8 pm;
Friday October 17 at 8 pm;
Saturday October 18 at 2pm and 8 pm;
Sunday October 19 at 2 pm and 7 pm.

Ticket prices $25 - $100
Tickets available at:
Ticketmaster Phone Charge 213.365.3500 or 714.740.7878
www.ticketmaster.com
Ticketmaster Outlets at Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica and Ritmo Latino.

In Orange County:

Fokine Classics -  "Chopiniana", "Scherazade", and "The Firebird" will be performed October 21 - 23, 2003 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center/Segerstrom - Hall 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

"Jewels" - Choreographed by George Balanchine will perform October 24 - 28, 2003 also at at the Orange County Performing Arts Center/Segerstrom - Hall 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Fokine Classics - "Chopiniana", "Scherazade", and "The Firebird" 
Tuesday, October 21 at 8 pm;
Wednesday, October 22 at 8 pm;
Thursday, October 23 at 8 pm.

"Jewels" - Choreographed by George Balanchine
Friday, October 24 at 8pm;
Saturday, October 25 at 2 pm and 8 pm;
Sunday, October 26 at 2 pm.

The Orange County Performing Arts Center/Segerstrom - Hall 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

Ticket prices are: $25, $40, $60, $85 and $100.
Tickets available at:
The Center Box Office;
www.ocpac.org ;
by phone at Ticketmaster at 714.740.7878 and 213.365.3500;
Ticketmaster Outlets at Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica and Ritmo Latino.

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