The Mariinsky’s colossal Raymonda shines at the Kennedy Center

If you go see the Coliseum in Rome you don’t need to talk about the dust, or the cracks in the walls. It is, of course, a very old building but you don’t think, “Gosh, they should add some new concrete and even out these walls.” Similarly when you see The Mariinsky Ballet’s evening length […]


Intricate cut-outs of luscious trees arch over the stage, and a painted drop shows rolling hills through a gap in the woods.  Warm golden light beams into the forest glen, and a little cottage leans out onto the stage.  As the pliant suitors of our heroine Giselle stride into the frame, our guileless peasant girl […]

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