An annual festival, featuring the stars of the Mariinsky Theater and the leading dancers of the largest ballet companies of the world will take place from March 30 to April 9
In line with tradition, the festival will open with a premiere. Continuing to restore to the repertoire titles that are significant for St Petersburg ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre will be presenting a new version of Paquita. This is not a revival of the 19th century ballet created in Paris by the ballet-master Joseph Mazilier which was performed in St Petersburg with choreography by Marius Petipa. Choreographer Yuri Smekalov is working on a new ballet using his own libretto. The famous Grand pas from Act III of Paquita, which adorns the playbill of the Mariinsky Theatre, will be included in the production in an unusual format – Yuri Burlaka is reviving Marius Petipa's choreography on the basis of surviving early 20th century notations.
Once again, the festival's guest company will be the ballet company of the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, which will be presenting its premiere from last season – Swan Lake staged by Alexei Miroshnichenko. This year, the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers acquires the status of an international project – its participants, in addition to the Russians Vladimir Varnava, Maxim Petrov, Ilya Zhivoi and Olga Vasilieva, will include the Brazilian Guilherme Maciel and the American Garrett Smith. Repertoire performances and the final gala concert will see Mariinsky Theatre dancers appear on-stage with Olga Smirnova, Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino, Semyon Chudin, Daniel Camargo and Cesar Corrales.