Three One-act Ballets at the Opening of Mariinsky Festival

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The XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky was launched on March 22 in St. Petersburg. The Mariinsky Theatre will present its best known productions of the recent years, including ballets that star foreign dancers.

The XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky was launched on March 22 in St. Petersburg. The Mariinsky Theatre will present its best known productions of the recent years, including ballets that star foreign dancers.

© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankThe XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky was launched on March 22 in St. Petersburg. The Mariinsky Theatre will present its best known productions of the recent years, including ballets that star foreign dancers. Photo: A scene from the ballet Ballet Imperial by Colleen Neary during the XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky.
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The XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky was launched on March 22 in St. Petersburg. The Mariinsky Theatre will present its best known productions of the recent years, including ballets that star foreign dancers. Photo: A scene from the ballet Ballet Imperial by Colleen Neary during the XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky.
© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankThe festival was opened by the premiere of the revived one-act play Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (The Young Man and Death) by Roland Petit.
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The festival was opened by the premiere of the revived one-act play Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (The Young Man and Death) by Roland Petit.
© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankMariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Yekaterina Kondaurova performed as Death, and Vladimir Shklyarov played The Young Man.

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Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Yekaterina Kondaurova performed as Death, and Vladimir Shklyarov played The Young Man.

© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankLuigi Bonino, stage director of the revived production, said Russian dancers looked constrained, but overcame that before the premiere. Kondaurova, for example, became a strong, sensual, and seductrive heroine.
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Luigi Bonino, stage director of the revived production, said Russian dancers looked constrained, but overcame that before the premiere. Kondaurova, for example, became a strong, sensual, and seductrive heroine.
© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankThe Prodigal Son by George Balanchine is another one-act ballet shown on the festival’s first day. Photo: Teresa Reichlen as The Siren and Daniel Ulbricht (background) as The Prodigal Son in a scene from the ballet The Prodigal Son by George Balanchine. The XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky.
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The Prodigal Son by George Balanchine is another one-act ballet shown on the festival’s first day. Photo: Teresa Reichlen as The Siren and Daniel Ulbricht (background) as The Prodigal Son in a scene from the ballet The Prodigal Son by George Balanchine. The XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky.
© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankTeresa Reichlen and Daniel Ulbricht said it was especially important for them to perform the ballet in Russia, where its founder was born. Photo: Daniel Ulbricht as the Prodigal Son (right).
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Teresa Reichlen and Daniel Ulbricht said it was especially important for them to perform the ballet in Russia, where its founder was born. Photo: Daniel Ulbricht as the Prodigal Son (right).
© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankViktoria Tereshkina and Timur Askerov performed in George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial directed by Colleen Neary at the Mariinsky Theatre.

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Viktoria Tereshkina and Timur Askerov performed in George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial directed by Colleen Neary at the Mariinsky Theatre.

© RIA Novosti . Vadim Zhernov / Go to the photo bankA gala concert featuring all Mariinsky Theatre stars will be held on April 1 to mark the festival’s closing. Photo: A scene from the ballet Ballet Imperial during the XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky held in the Mariinsky Theatre.
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A gala concert featuring all Mariinsky Theatre stars will be held on April 1 to mark the festival’s closing. Photo: A scene from the ballet Ballet Imperial during the XII International Ballet Festival Mariinsky held in the Mariinsky Theatre.
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