Romance on tiptoes
Mariinsky Ballet will be coming to the Festival Hall Baden-Baden this Christmas with great Russian narrative ballets
This Christmas 2017 will witness a further chapter in the longtime partnership between the world-renowned ballet company from St. Petersburg and the Festival Hall Baden-Baden. Dance lovers the world over will be arriving from December 21–27 to enjoy the “Russian season” against the wintry backdrop of the Black Forest. Many consider the rediscovered ballet Paquita to be the insider’s tip of the season. The guest performances will be accompanied by the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, assuring that the productions, with their splendid historical stage sets, will once again have that special sparkle.
Enchanted land of sweets
Few things are as enduringly magical as The Nutcracker (Dec. 25/26, 2017, 6:00/2:00/7:00 PM), which Marius Petipa created to the music of Peter I. Tchaikovsky. The stage sets were modernized in the 1930s, however, but in this Nutcracker performance, fascinated audiences still have the opportunity to witness the original. The grand Christmas scene at the beginning resembles a dreamy reverie as much as the enchanting waltz of the snowflakes in the celebrated ballet blanc. And when Clara and her prince travel to the Land of Sweets, the fairy-tale magic is complete.
Shakespeare without words
Sergei Prokofiev actually composed his ballet music to Romeo and Juliet in 1935–36 as incidental music. In Leningrad (St. Petersburg), however, his music was used for a ballet that continues to be performed today, unchanged, as one of the finest ballet productions worldwide. In Shakespeare’s romantic drama, the story is told in monumental images and expressive pas de deux – though when we see the dancing, words are completely superfluous.
Ballet with magnificent historical stage sets, the grand Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater, and a corps de ballet consisting of over eighty dancers – the Mariinsky Ballet guarantees a sumptuous ballet experience this Christmas in Baden-Baden.
Photo: Natasha Razina