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Apollo / A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

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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