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Gala Night at the Kirov


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Introduced by Humphrey Burton
The classical ballet of today was born in the Maryinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. For tonight's gala we join the audience in that same beautiful theatre, now known as the Kirov, to enjoy extracts from ballets rarely seen in the West.
La Vivandière: a sparkling re-creation of a pas-de-six of 1840 by ARTHUR SAINT-LEON , with Alia Sizova and Boris Blankov
Esmeralda: a dramatic pas-de-deux by MARIUS PETIPA , with Gabriella Komleva and Vitali Afanaskov.
Diana and Actaeon: a spectacular pas-de-deux by AGRIPPINA VAGANOVA, with Tatiana Terekhova and Sergei Berezhnoi.
Pas-de-Quatre: in 1845, four of the world's greatest ballerinas appeared together on the London stage. This ballet is an evocation of that memorable evening. With Irina Kolpakova , Yelena Yev teyeva, Gabriella Komleva and Galina Mezentseva.
Carnival in Venice: Petipa in a different mood - a lamp-lit Venetian carnival, with Svetlana Yefre mova and Valeri Yemets.
Paquita: Petipa again, with a series of variations which display the talents of the entire Kirov Ballet Company, including the children of the famous Vaganova School
Orchestra conducted by Viktor Shirokov


Introduced By: Humphrey Burton
Unknown: Arthur Saint-Leon
Unknown: Alia Sizova
Unknown: Boris Blankov
Unknown: Marius Petipa
Unknown: Gabriella Komleva
Unknown: Vitali Afanaskov.
Unknown: Tatiana Terekhova
Unknown: Sergei Berezhnoi.
Unknown: Irina Kolpakova
Unknown: Yelena Yev
Unknown: Gabriella Komleva
Unknown: Galina Mezentseva.
Unknown: Svetlana Yefre
Unknown: Valeri Yemets.
Conducted By: Viktor Shirokov
Directed By: Helena MacHeret

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Gala Night at the Kirov

BBC Two England, 3 October 1981 19.15

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