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    BOLSHOI THEATRE PRESENTS GEORGE BALANCHINE'S BALLETS

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    MOSCOW, March 12, 2004. (RIA Novosti). The Bolshoi Theatre will present the premiere of the performance "George Balanchine's Ballets" timed to the 100th birth anniversary of the great choreographer, Bolshoi Theatre's director general Anatoly Iksanov told a press conference.

    Six Balanchine's ballets will be shown in the Bolshoi Theatre on March 12-14. They are Bach's "Concerto Barocco" [it premiered in 1941], Bizet's "Symphony C Major", Delibes' "Pas-de-deux", Stravinsky's "Agon", Tchaikovsky's "Pas-de-deux" and Gottschalk's "Tarantella".

    "We are happy to welcome famous dancers and choreographers who worked with Balanchine for many years: Adam Luders, John Clifford and Violette Verdi who was Balanchine's dancer and gave him inspiration for many years," Iksanov said.

    George Balanchine [his real name is Georgy Balanchivadze] was born in St. Petersburg in 1904. He finished a ballet school there. After the civil war Balanchine emigrated to Europe. At first he worked in Sergei Dyagilev's company. In 1933 he moved to the USA and founded his world famous New York City Ballet theatre.

    Balanchine's company visited Moscow in 1962 and 1972. However, his name first appeared on the Bolshoi Theatre's bills in 1991 when his ballet "The Prodigal Son" after Sergei Prokofyev's music was staged.

    In 1998 the Bolshoi Theatre saw the premiere of "Mozartiana" after Tchaikovsky. Ballets "Agon" [Stravinsky] and "Symphony C Major" [Bizet] were staged in 1999.

    All in all, Balanchine created 425 choreographic works. His cultural heritage is priceless.

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