CULTURE

Kirov Ballet to present mixed program in Athens, Thessaloniki in September

There’s some good news for Greek ballet aficionados as the Kirov Mariinsky Ballet prepares to make one of its rare appearances in Greece this September, with shows in Athens (5, 6, 7/9, Lycabettus Theater) and Thessaloniki (10, 11/9, Dassos Theater). The celebrated ensemble (invited by the company Culture Factory) will present a two-part program covering the entire history of classical and romantic ballet from the 19th century to the present. We will see «Chopiniana» (the original dance adapted to the orchestra suite and which later became the renowned ballet blanc «Les Sylphides»), followed by an interlude with the Gala de Etoiles, in which the soloists of the ensemble will perform a series of dances so rarely presented that even experts may know them only by name. Next, there will be two pieces by George Balanchine, the «Tchaikovski Pas de Deux» and the duet from «Ruby Slipper» to the music of Stravinsky, followed by «In the Middle Somewhat Elevated» by William Forsythe and three choreographies by Marius Petipa: the popular pas de deux from his revival of «Le Corsaire» and two more pieces that will again see the stage lights one century after they were first performed, the pas de deux from «The Talisman» and «Harlequinade» from «Harlequin’s Millions.» For further information and tickets, tel 210.884.0600.