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BAM and the Mariinsky present
A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya
Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Musical direction by Valery Gergiev
Featuring Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, and members of the Mariinsky Ballet
Conducted by Valery Gergiev
For decades, the legendary Maya Plisetskaya (1925–2015)—muse to choreographers Yuri Grigorovich, Alberto Alonso, and Maurice Béjart—was synonymous with Russian ballet. A star in the truest sense of the word, she is remembered for the ravenous intensity of her hyperphysical dancing and the spitfire personality that captivated audiences around the world, onstage and off. Following her passing in May 2015, the Mariinsky presents an extended tribute to this iconic performer, comprising four distinct mixed programs featuring the incomparable Diana Vishneva and longstanding principal Uliana Lopatkina, performing with live accompaniment by the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Program A opens with Vishneva and members of the Mariinsky Ballet performing Alberto Alonso’s Carmen Suite, a sensuous, electrifying work originally choreographed for Plisetskaya. Then, Lopatkina performs Fokine’s indelible short ballet The Dying Swan, beautifully capturing the ethereal swan’s final moments. The evening closes with a special video tribute: a film of Plisetskaya performing the ravishing choreography of Maurice Béjart with live accompaniment of Ravel’s Bolero by the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Major support for the Mariinsky Tour of the Americas provided by Veronica Atkins and Susan Carmel Lehrman
Performed by Diana Vishneva, Ivan Oskorbin, Alexander Sergeev, Roman Belyakov, Aleksandra Iosifidi
Choreography by Alberto Alonso
Music by Rodion Shchedrin after Georges Bizet
Performed by Uliana Lopatkina
Choreography by Michel Fokine
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performed by Maya Plisetskaya (Film 1975)
Choreography by Maurice Béjart
Music by Maurice Ravel
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