Christmas performance of the Mariinsky Ballet
The Mariinsky Ballet has been coming to Baden-Baden regularly since 1999, with audiences looking forward at Christmastime to a program of full-length classics. What’s more, each year Festival Hall Artistic Director Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser and Mariinsky Ballet Director Yuri Fateev include a work that has never been seen before in Baden-Baden. In 2017 this will be Paquita (Dec. 23/27, 7:00 PM), which was created by St. Petersburg ballet icon Marius Petipa. As the father of such ballets as Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, Petipa’s choreographies continue to be cherished to this day.
The story of Paquita is the timeless tale of Cinderella who finds her prince. Paquita is abducted as a child, and with all her charm, there is a continual emptiness in her heart. Raised by Gypsies, she falls in love with a handsome but unattainable nobleman – in film, it would be the stuff of the perfect Hollywood romance. A Cinderella that likes to dance, a mysterious medallion, political intrigue – back in the 19th century, people told the same stories they do today, but they made them into magnificent, sumptuous ballets.
Photo: Natasha Razina