Mariinsky Theater Festival, 2016

Tour Dates
  • 17th October - 24th October, 2016

Shanghai Grand Theatre
18 & 20 October, 2016, 19:00, Pique Dame (opera)
19 & 21 October, 2016, 19:30, symphony concerts
21 October, 2016, 16:00, Peter and the Wolf (concert)
24-25 October, 2016, 19:30, Romeo and Juliet (ballet)

Harbin Grand Theatre
26-27 October, 2016, 19:00, War and Peace (opera)

Tianjin Grand Theatre
28-29 October, 2016, 19:30, Swan Lake (ballet)
8-9 November, 2016, 19:30, Romeo and Juliet (ballet)

Guangzhou Opera House
1-2 November, 2016, 19:30, Romeo and Juliet (ballet)
4-5 November, 2016, 19:30, Swan Lake (ballet)
6 November, 2016, 14:30, Swan Lake (ballet)

Mariinsky Theater Festival, a performing art festival jointly held by Wu Promotion and Mariinsky Theater, will be definitely a sensational cultural event in 2016, during which time the Mariinsky Opera, the Mariinsky Ballet and the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra will visit China for several performances. Though large numbers of ballet works exist in the world, the one which is recognized as the most representative for ballet art is Swan Lake. For over a century, this work – with poetic dance movements, pure fairy stories, snow-white swan skirts, contracting wonderland scenes as well as the soul-touching music – has become a classic piece transcending space and time. The Swan Lake known by the public today was premiered in Mariinsky Theater in 1895, and till now the Mariinsky version is still the most authoritative production. As 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Mariinsky Theater specially selects Romeo and Juliet  – a ballet based on Shakespeare’s most famous love tragedy for Chinese audience. Also, year 2016 is the 80th anniversary of the ballet music composed by Prokofiev, which increases significance for the performance. The Mariinsky version of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Lavrovaky, was firstly staged in 1940, and Ulanova, a ballerina well-known in China, has also danced in the ballet.

The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, Russia

Tour Dates: 17th - 24th October, 2016
The Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest musical ensembles in Russia. It can trace its history back to the early 18th century and the development of the Court Instrumental Kapella.

The Mariinsky Opera, Russia

Tour Dates: 17th - 23rd October, 2016
The history of the Mariinsky Opera Company dates back to 1783 when Empress Catherine II issued a decree on the establishment of a theatre committee. Its publication coincided with the opening of the Bolshoi (Stone) Theatre on Carousel Square (now Theatre Square).

The Mariinsky Ballet, Russia

Tour Dates: 17th October - 5th November, 2016
The Mariinsky Ballet is closely linked with the entire history of the development of Russian choreographic art which began more than two and a half centuries ago. An important role in the establishment and evolution of Russian ballet was played by foreign dance masters.