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St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev Perform Two-Week Residency at Brooklyn Academy of Music: Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake & Prokofiev's Cinderella, Shchedrin's Wanderer & Chopin's Dances

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Dec 16, 2014 04:49 PM EST

After a four-year absence from New York, the world-renowned St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre has announced a two-week residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, kicking off BAM's 2015 winter/spring season.

The season opens on Jan. 14 with the Mariinsky production of a Rodion Shchedrin opera, “The Enchanted Wanderer.” The Shchedrin work, composed in 2002, is the Mariinsky’s only opera and will have only one performance. It will be directed by Alexei Stepanyuk and conducted by Valery Gergiev, who will also conduct the opening of the Mariinsky Ballet production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” on Jan. 15, and performances of Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” on Jan. 17 and 18.

Mariinsky’s “Swan Lake” is widely considered one of the world’s finest and has been a pillar of the Mariinsky repertoire since it was staged in 1950--by renowned Russian dancer and choreographer Konstantin Sergeyev. The Mariinsky Ballet will also present “Chopin: Dances for Piano,” a single evening of repertory works including Michel Fokine’s “Chopiniana,” Jerome Robbins’s “In the Night” and Benjamin Millepied’s “Without.”

The dancers scheduled to appear in the Mariinsky Ballet productions include Ulyana Lopatkina, Yekaterina Kondaurova, Diana Vishneva, Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov.

Today, under the leadership of artistic director Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky, which comprises an orchestra, chorus, ballet and opera company, remains at the forefront of the international arts scene. The Mariinsky is known as a cultivator of innovation and talent.

Balanchine studied there, as did Baryshnikov, Nijinsky, and Nureyev. Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov premiered operas there. And Mahler, Berlioz and Rachmaninoff all conducted on its stages.

In this two-week residency, the renowned theater comes to BAM with a diverse program that bridges its incomparable legacy with its present-day status in the vanguard of the performing arts.

Tickets for the upcoming performances can be purchased here.

Check out a preview of “Swan Lake” at BAM down below...

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