The Moscow Ballet, a scintillating troupe of young artists from Russia’s finest dance company, is in town. Consistently producing record-breaking seasons since 1990, the company has enthralled audiences at countless major ballet festivals worldwide. With principal dancers such as Elena Vorobyeva and Ilya Borodulin from leading troupes, the group has a significantly enlarged repertoire with classic ballets such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, among many others.
Romeo & Juliet
The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra will start the New Year with a fabulous Ballet Festival in collaboration with the stars of the Moscow Ballet, presenting two highly choreographed concerts. This will be the MPO’s second festival as such after its premiere in 2013.
The first performance, Giselle, is French composer Adolphe Adam’s masterpiece, first staged in 1841 to high praise. The story follows a village girl who falls in love with a man who is not all he seems, and upon discovering his deception, dies of a broken heart. Transformed into a spirit, she battles to save her lover in a wood haunted by the ghosts of jilted women. An emotional tour-de-force, Giselle tugs at the heartstrings while offering one of ballet’s most famous scores, written in the cantilena style with a smooth, song-like structure.
A performance of ballet Giselle; Romeo & Juliet conductor Stanislav Kochanovsky
Up next is Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet. The score powerfully depicts the tragedy of Shakespeare’s immortal love story, that of two young lovers whose passion is thwarted by the enmity of their respective families. The composer’s interpretation is not only his finest and most popular work but the music also rose to become the most successful full-length, three-act ballet score of the 20th century.
Conducted by Stanislav Kochanovsky, this unmissable legacy is packed with drama and misfortune, drawing the Montague-Capulet feud to a tragic end.
WHERE Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
WHEN – GISELLE 8.30pm (8-9 Jan), 3pm (10 Jan)
WHEN – ROMEO AND JULIET 8.30pm (15-16 Jan), 3pm (17 Jan)
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