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.
News and features
9 August 2014
What did you think of the Mariinsky's performance of Balanchine's double bill?
30 July 2014
Sarah Crompton talks about the company’s distinctive style and the dancers she’s looking forward to watching in summer 2014.
29 July 2014
The company, formerly known as the Kirov, have dazzled Covent Garden audiences on 11 occasions since 1961.