KREMLIN BALLET was founded in 1990 on the stage of the well-known Kremlin Palace, and since then it is the integral component of the creative achievements defining our contribution to the history of the Russian art. Its special status comes from its location in the Moscow Kremlin, the territory of the residence of the President of the Russian Federation. The foundation of the new theatre behind the walls of the ancient Kremlin became an event in the ballet world. Vladimir Vasiliev, Yury Grigorovich, Ekaterina Maximova, Galina Ulanova, Marina Semyonova are the glorified masters who worked at Kremlin Ballet.
THE REPERTOIRE of the Kremlin Ballet includes 15 ballets, which combine the world heritage of classical choreography and its own exclusive modern repertoire, invariably based on classical dance. The Presidential Orchestra of the Russian Federation always accompanies the performances of Kremlin Ballet.
THE COMPANY consists of 66 dancers: 10 principal dancers, 16 soloists, 40 corps de ballet dancers. The artists of Kremlin Ballet graduated mainly from Bolshoi Ballet Academy and comes also from Krasnoyarsk, Perm, Voronezh. They are the winners and laureates of the most prestigious dance awards and awarded as People’s Artist of Russia and Honoured Artist of Russia.
WORLD BALLET STARS performed as invited guests with Kremlin Ballet: Nicoletta Manni (La Scala), Polina Semionova (Berlin State Ballet and American Ballet Theater), Adiaris Almeida (National Ballet of Cuba, Opera di Roma), Sarah Lane (American Ballet Theater), Taras Domitro (San Francisco Ballet), Vadim Muntagirov (Covent Garden).
Music by Cesare Pugni in Vladimir Kachesov’s version. Chorography by Andrei Petrov. Sets by Grigory Belov. Costumes by Olga Polyanskaya.
Ballet in two acts with one intermission. Duration: 2h45.
World premiere in 2006 in Kremlin Ballet.
“Esmeralda” is the original production of Kremlin Ballet Artistic Director Andrey Petrov. A powerful, dramatic and tragic story. The show includes the fragments of Marius Petipa and Agrippina Vaganova's original choreography. Librettto by Andrey Petrov, after Hugo's Romantic novel and the scenario of Jules Perrot.
“The performance is brilliant, the scenery sparkle beautifully: the cuirass of warriors, the dresses of ballerinas, the blades of axes... everything happens against the backdrop of the giant Notre Dame Cathedral.” — SVETLANA NABORSHIKOVA, ZVESTIA.
Music by Adolphe Adam. Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich based on Marius Petipa’s composition. Sets and costumes by Nikolai Sharonov.
Ballet in three acts.
"Le Corsaire" is one of the classical heritage ballets and it has remained in repertory of many theatres for more than 150 years. For the first time it was performed on the stage of Paris Opera in 1856. Artists and spectators were unchangeably attracted by the plot about freedom-loving spirit, human passion and romantic excitement of the theme.
For the first time Yuri Grigorovich turned to "Le Corsaire" in 1994 and his staging in the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia also contained choreographical episodes of his predecessors above all made by Petipa. In 2005 he directed a new version of the performance in Krasnodar Ballet Theatre. The current turning to "Le Corsaire" is the third one for choreographer Yuri Grigorovich and the first for the Kremlin Ballet.
This staging of "Le Corsaire" retains the most spectacular dancing scenes and items familiar to the wide audience such as "Lively garden", odalisque maiden dances, love duet in grotto and other choreographic elements.
ROMEO AND JULIET
Music by Sergey Prokofiev. Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich. Sets and costumes by Simon Virsaladze.
Ballet in two acts. Duration: 2 h 30 min.
For the first time Yuri Grigorovich made this ballet for Paris Opera in 1978. Then, a year later Grigorovich created a slightly modified version for the Bolshoi Ballet, starring his wife Natalia Bessmertnova.
For Kremlin Ballet version of "Romeo and Juliet" Grigorovich combined the best of his Paris Opera and Bolshoi Ballet versions. A huge role in this ballet pertain to strict and majestic costumes and scenery by Virsaladzede. "Great style" creates a thoughtful integrity of visual effects: monumental and sinister costumes in a "firm" purple-black-and-gray gamma, infernal Verona engraved with gold over the black airless space.
"This ballet is the convincing manifesto of the great soviet style. It became clear that none of the current choreographers could compare with the 70-year-old Y.Grigorovich for mastering the craft and the ability to build a big performance. The company worked with unprecedented enthusiasm and surpassed itself." — TATIANA KUZNETSOVA, KOMMERSANT
Music by Piotr Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Andrei Petrov. Sets by Stanislav Benediktov. Consumes by Olga Polyanskaya.
Ballet in two acts.
Swan Lake is the most famous symbol of the Russian ballet. The base of the story is an old German legend telling about a beautiful princess Odette turned into a swan by the curse of an evil wizard Rothbart.
The ballet’s Stage director Andrei Petrov preserved the classical edition of the ballet made by the great Russian choreographers A. Gorsky, M. Petipa and L. Ivanov having added and having turned into one several separate episodes for the sake of the performance integrity.
The performance is constantly in the company’s repertory and is invariably of great success among all audiences. In this staging immortal power of the national school of the Russian ballet is felt which upon its right has acquired world acknowledgement.
THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Marius Petipa, in Andrei Petrov’s version. Costumes by Olga Polyanskaya. Sets by Stanislav Benediktov.
Ballet in a three acts, with one intermission. Duration: 2h40.
It is a pearl of classic repertory born on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg in 1890. A tribute to Russian ballet tradition, a masterpiece that impressed the audiences throughout the world and became a decoration for the repertory of the best ballet companies.