The great tradition of Russian ballet
Teatro Regio, Friday 11 December 2009 at 8 pm
On Friday 11 December the long-awaited event of The Nutcracker, the ballet with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky on the libretto by Marius Petipa, based on the short story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann, will open. Starring at the Regio will be the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg which will present, for fourteen performances through 23 December, the 1934 choreography by Vasilij Vajnonen, revived by Altynaj Asylmuratova, the academy’s director.
This will be the only Italian engagement for the historic ballet school of St. Petersburg – founded officially in 1738 at the request of Empress Anna Johannovna as the Imperial Theatrical Institute – which, in its nearly 300 year history, has formed the best dancers in the world: Anna Pavlova, Vaclav Nižinskij, Rudolf Nureyev, Natalija Makarova, Michail Baryshnikov and Agrippina Vaganova, who was director and to whom, in 1957, the school was dedicated. Today it is directed by the former star of the Mariinsky Theatre Altynaj Asylmuratova. The same Mariinsky Theatre, with its Kirov Ballet, counts among its ranks the greatest number of Academy graduates. The Torino performances, therefore, provide a magnificent occasion for seeing ballet stars of the future.