Praised by French newspaper, Le Parisien, as “Truly a star-studded cast of brilliant dancers in fascinating masterpieces!” the distinguished troupe will intrigue ballet lovers and novices alike with their vibrant and unexpected interpretations of opera, art and sculpture: accompany Georges Bizet’s beloved Carmen on her passionate, operatic journey translated through movement; attend Chagall’s wedding party ─ beyond the canvas ─ in a tribute to Jewish resilience in an anti-Semitic Russia; and see Rodin’s The Kiss break out of its mold for a seductive and very public display of affection! Passions a la Carmen, choreographed by St. Petersburg State Ballet Theater Artistic Director Yuri Petukhov, makes its NYC debut at BMCC Tribeca PAC on Friday, March 19th at 7pm followed by a Saturday matinee on March 20th at 2pm. Masterworks En Pointe: An Evening of Dance Gems debuts on Saturday, March 20th at 7pm and Sunday, March 21st at 2pm. Each of these short ballets was conceived by Artistic Director and gifted dancer Yuri Petukhov or legendary Russian choreographer, the late Leonid Jacobson. Prices range from $35-Upper Mezzanine, $45-Lower Mezzanine and $55-Orchestra seating.
The St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre has brought Russian ballet to international audiences for more than 40 years including performances in Japan, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Turkey and Israel. The dynamic troupe will launch their North American tour with stops in New York, Boston, Toronto and Chicago. Leonid Jacobson, the late founder of the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre, was an internationally acclaimed choreographer-improvisator who constantly searched for expressive means and forms. See below for more information about this spring’s scheduled performances.
· Passions a la Carmen: Choreographed by St. Petersburg State Ballet Theater Artistic Director Yuri Petukhov, this expressive ballet captures the spirit of the turbulent love triangle and bull-fighting culture of Bizet’s vivacious temptress Carmen.
Masterworks En Pointe: An Evening of Dance Gems
· Shostakovich’s Wedding Cortège: choreographed by Leonid Jacobson in response to Marc Chagall’s art work (and accompanied by images from his paintings). Conceived in 1970 and banned by the Russian government for years, the piece has since made a triumphant return to venues in Russia and beyond.
· Rodin: a ballet inspired by Auguste Rodin’s amorous sculptures, also choreographed by Jacobson and performed to music by Claude Debussy, Sergey Prokofiev & Alban Berg.
· Tchaikovsky’s Italian Capriccio: a dance interpretation of the composer’s tribute to Rome following a memorable holiday in The Eternal City.
· Boléro − widely considered Maurice Ravel’s best-known work – was originally conceived as a ballet in 1928 and has since become a well-known orchestral work. Now, more than 80 years later, the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre has reprised this innovative masterpiece, offering audiences the rare opportunity to see it expressed in the genre Ravel so greatly admired.
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###Krista N. Saunders
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007