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Dance Archive - 14-9-2007

Rachel Howard

Featuring Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Igor Zelensky and Leonid Sarafanov


Ardani Artists and New York City Center are proud to announce that the world renowned Kirov Ballet, also known as Ballet Company of the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, Russia, returns to New York for a three-week engagement in April 2008. The season will be presented by Ardani Artists in association with New York City Center, and will run from April 1 through April 20, 2008. Tickets will go on sale April 20, 2007.

During its three-week season, the 200-year-old Russian company, under the Artistic Direction of Valery Gergiev and Director of the Ballet Makhar Vaziev, will be performing a wide range of works by the choreographers and artists who have made the Kirov one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, as well as works by contemporary dance makers. The company’s rich classical repertoire includes works by Marius Petipa,Michel Fokine and George Balanchine and more modern works by William Forsythe. The Kirov Ballet will bring some of its most acclaimed repertory classics: Petipa’s The Kingdom of Shadows from La Bayadere; Fokine’s Scheherazade and Chopiniana; Gorsky’s The Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote; Balanchine’s Jewels (Rubies) and Ballet Imperial; as well as Forsythe’s Steptext.

It will be first appearance of the Kirov Ballet and Orchestra at New York City Center, home to some of the country’s leading dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company.

“We look forward to returning to New York City,” said Mr. Gergiev, “and especially to our first season at New York City Center, which has a long history of presenting world-class companies and choreographers, just like our home at the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg.”

The historic Kirov Ballet was founded in 1783 and is closely linked with the legacy of classical Russian ballet, and throughout the centuries, the company has produced the world’s greatest dancers in ballet, including such legendary performers as Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and many more.

Under the artistic direction of Valery Gergiev since 1988, the Kirov continues its tradition of discovering exceptional dancers: Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Daria Pavlenko, Igor Zelensky, Igor Kolb, Andrian Fadeev, Danila Korsuntsev and Leonid Sarafanov will be part of the 200-member company performing at City Center.

Ardani Artists Management was founded in Moscow by arts promoter Sergei Danilian in 1990, and entered the American market in 1994. The Company has brought to the U.S. some of the best exponents of arts and culture from the former Soviet Union. In 1998, Ardani Artists introduced American audiences to the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia’s leading contemporary ballet company. Since 1998, the Eifman Ballet has appeared regularly at New York City Center, and toured the U.S. on regular basis. Ardani Artists has also presented the Bolshoi Ballet on a U.S. tour in 2002, and the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in 2003, 2005, and 2006 U.S. tours. In 2006, in collaboration with the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the West Coast’s premier presenter of dance, Ardani Artists produced the critically acclaimed “Kings of the Dance” and The Mariinsky Festival (Opera, Ballet, Orchestra) as part of the Center’s 20 th Anniversary celebrations and opening of its new concert hall.  Ardani Artists’ upcoming projects include another co-production with OCPAC: “Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion,” Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company U.S. tour and a “Kings of the Dance” tour in Russia.

New York City Center has long been known and beloved by New York audiences not only as one of the city's preeminent performing arts institutions but also as an accessible and welcoming venue for dance. New York City Center is the New York home to some of the country’s leading dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company.  Continuing to fulfill its mission to make the arts accessible to the broadest possible audiences, in 2004 New York City Center launched the acclaimed Fall for Dance Festival which, for $10 a ticket, annually celebrates the vitality and creativity of dance today.  In 2006, New York City Center and London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre created a partnership to facilitate the exchange of innovative dance works and new commissions by up-and-coming and acclaimed choreographers and dance companies, both in London and in New York City.  In addition to its rich dance offerings, New York City Center also produces the Tony®-honored Encores! musical theater series, and is the home of Manhattan Theatre Club, one of New York City’s premier theater companies.

Tickets for the Kirov’s 2008 New York City Center season will be available beginning April 20 at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or online at www.nycitycenter.org.  Tickets for the Orchestra and Grand Tier are $110; Mid-Mezzanine tickets are $75; tickets for the Rear Mezzanine are $60 and $35.

The Kirov will be performing the following ballets and excerpts during its City Center engagement:

Paquita (Grand Pas), Marius Petipa   /  Raymonda (Act 3), Marius Petipa   /  La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows), Marius Petipa   /  Chopiniana , Michel Fokine, Michel Fokine   /  The Dying Swan , Michael Fokine   /  Le Spectre de la Rose , Michel Fokine   /  Scheherazade , Michel Fokine   /  Diana and Acteon (Pas de Deux), Agrippina Vaganova  /  Don Quixote , (Grand Pas de Deux), Marius Petipa   /  The Awakening Flora , Marius Petipa   /  La Bayadere (The Kingdom of Shadows), Marius Petipa   /  Etudes , Harald Lander   /  Steptext , William Forsythe   /  Approximate Sonata , William Forsythe   /  The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude , William Forsythe   /  In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated , William Forsythe,   /  Jewels (Rubies), George Balanchine   /  Serenade , George Balanchine   /  Ballet Imperial, George Balanchine

(A complete performance schedule and further information is available at www.nycitycenter.org or www.ardani.com.

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