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Listen: Purity of style and Swan Lake with a happy ending, what makes the Mariinsky Ballet unique?

Sarah Crompton talks about the company’s distinctive style and the dancers she’s looking forward to watching in summer 2014.

By Elizabeth Davis (Former Editorial Assistant)

30 July 2014 at 10.19am | 2 Comments

This month, the Royal Opera House plays host to the Mariinsky Ballet, one of Russia’s top companies, when they bring their productions of Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Cinderella, as well two mixed programmes, to Covent Garden.

The Mariinsky can trace its tradition back to the 18th century, when the first ballet school was set up in St Petersburg. Since then the company has produced stars including choreographers Marius Petipa and Mikhail Fokine, and dancers Galina Ulanova, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anna Pavlova and, more recently, Uliana Lopatkina.

In this podcast, Dance Critic and Arts Editor in Chief of The Daily Telegraph, Sarah Crompton, who has seen the Mariinsky Ballet perform many times, talks about the company’s distinctive style and what to look forward to in its Summer Season at the Royal Opera House.

The Mariinsky Ballet performs until 16 August. Tickets are still available.

Clips from Swan Lake provided by kind permission of Naxos. Dmitry Yablonsky conducts the Russian State Symphony Orchestra.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Jeannie Fontaina responded on 1 August 2014 at 9:47am Reply

    Very interesting

  2. Peter Toth responded on 4 August 2014 at 8:33pm Reply

    This was a useful and informative background lecture. Thank you ROH!
    I planned to see Yulia Stepanova in Swan Lake at the ROH on 5/8/2014 but was disappointed to find that she will be replaced by Alina Somova. However, Somova is already a great dancer so perhaps the change won't have been all bad. This will be the first time I have seen the Maryiinsky Ballet live. I chose Swan Lake in spite of the notoriously conservative choreography of this particular production for the chance of hearing Tchaikovsky's score played by the Maryiinsky Orchestra (though I'm sorry that Gergiev won't be conducting!) :)

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