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Apollo / A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Apollo / A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was last on stage 8–9 August 2014 as part of the Summer 2013/14 season.

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.

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