Updated: Jan 21
The history of Russian ballet gratefully preserves the names of masters of dance art, who who formed the Russian choreography. These are the well-known Charles-Louis Didelot, Marius Petipa, Arthur Saint-Léon, Sergey Diaghilev, Michail Fomin and many others. And the talent of Russian artists even today attracts a huge number of admirers in different countries of the world.
The rise of Russian ballet began with Pyotr Tchaikovsky, first who wrote music for a choreographic production. For the first time in the history of ballet, music has become as important as dance. Now the actor plastic, movement and grace convey the musical mood and emotion. The world still admires the famous "Swan lake".
In 1908, Sergei Diaghilev staged the Russian seasons in Paris. Russian ballet dancers performed triumphantly in the French capital every year and this was during the decline of European ballet! Russian ballet history glorifies the dancers of the Russian troupe, whose names are known all over the world: Adolf Bolm, Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Vaclav Nijinsky, etc.
After St. Petersburg tours you can finish the day at the Mariinsky theatre (Kirov ballet theatre). It is one of the world's most famous theatres! The theater is located at a distance from the city center and is not always included in St Petersburg sightseeing. The interior of the theater can be seen if you attend the Opera or ballet. Most often a ballet is performed on the historical stage, an Opera is performed on the new stage (locates in the next new building). Nearby there is another part intended for concerts of classical music. If you are on a cruise ship do not buy an "evening ballet tour" because you will not know in advance what and where you will see. And as I do many St Petersburg shore excursions I know that is the best way to arrage the ballet. My advice is to buy tickets on the official website of the theater and order a transfer from a local company.
The legendary Alexandrinsky Theater (State Drama Theater).
Original interiors of the theater preserved from 1832 plunge you into the unforgettable atmosphere of Russian ballet.
Theatre is located in the centre of the city and its magnificent building decorates the main street of the city Nevsky avenue.
The Alexandrinsky Theater occupies an honorable place among the oldest national theaters of Europe, including the Comedie Francaise in Paris, the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Drury Lane in London, and the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, serving
as a symbol of the Russian national theater.
The Mikhailovsky theatre is another gem of St Petersburg. The magnificent interior of the Imperial scale, classical operas and ballets, convenient location in the city center are good reasons to visit it. It is really a worthy rival of the first two theaters. Website.
They say that who has not seen the ballet has not seen Russia! One of St Petersburg guided tours we offer is called "Backstage of the Mariinsky theatre" - look at our tours in St Petersburg.
In our next article look for stories about the Hermitage theatre.
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