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Apollo / A Midsummer Night's Dream

8–9 August 2014
Main Stage

The Mariinsky performs two Balanchine masterpieces, with music by Mendelssohn and Stravinsky.

When to see it

  • Friday 8 August 2014, 7.30pm | Main Stage
    Conductor
    Heine
    Apollo
    Shapran
    Apollo
    Shklyarov
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Tereshkina
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Askerov
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Skoryk
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Zverev

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  • Saturday 9 August 2014, 2pm | Main Stage
    Conductor
    Heine
    Apollo
    Shapran
    Apollo
    Parish
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Skoryk
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Askerov
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Batoeva
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Kim

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  • Saturday 9 August 2014, 7.30pm | Main Stage
    Conductor
    Heine
    Apollo
    Somova
    Apollo
    Sergeyev
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Lopatkina
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Stepin
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Skoryk
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Zverev

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Background

The Mariinsky Ballet celebrate the work of alumnus George Balanchine in an exhilarating mixed programme. The great Russo-American choreographer was one of the most significant figures of 20th-century ballet. He was born in St Petersburg and performed with the Mariinsky Ballet from the age of 11, before joining Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1962) was Balanchine's first original full-length ballet. He drew on his life-long love of Shakespeare and Mendelssohn's incidental to create a joyous narrative ballet full of wit and invention.

Apollo (1928) was Balanchine's first work, and the beginning of his brilliant collaboration with Stravinsky. This youthful work is a landmark in 20th-century ballet, exhibiting Balanchine's distinctive neoclassical aesthetic and unique musical sensitivity.