St. Petersburg Ballet in Romeo & Juliet at Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills
The last date listed for St. Petersburg Ballet: Romeo & Juliet was Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008 / 8:00pm.
Quotes & Highlights
“St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s Romeo and Juliet was a fresh and welcome interpretation of Shakespeare’s play.” —San Antonio Express News
Direct from Russia, the St. Petersburg Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet, a beloved three-act ballet with music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Serge Vikulov, based on the tragedy by William Shakespeare. Experience the richness and variety of Russian ballet at its best!
*About St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre
*The company was founded as the first theatre of ballet in Russia under the management of the People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Peter Gusev, in 1966. Gusev, a notable artist and balletmaster, graduated from the Petrograd Choreographic Academy in 1922 and was an artist of Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre until 1935. From 1940-1950, he directed the Kirov Ballet, then (1958-1960) was the organizer of the Ballet Theatre in Beijing, and ballet schools in Shanghai and Guanchjou. From 1960-1966, Gusev worked as a balletmaster in the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre and then in the Novosibirsk Theatre. By the time he created the Saint-Petersburg Ballet, he had already proven himself as a brilliant choreographer of ballet art schools.
In 1969, the post of Artistic Director and Manager was occupied by the prominent choreographer, outstanding balletmaster, Honored Artist of Russia and State Prize Laureate Leonid Jacobson. The best-known of his ballets are Schurale, Spartacus and The Bug_. But the leading form of Jacobson’s art as a balletmaster was the choreographic miniature. He demonstrated a mastery of different epochs and styles, producing numerous imaginative and original ballets on a wide variety of themes from ancient monuments to romantic ballets, and finally to the spontaneous expressiveness of our day. Along with this, he used for his miniatures the music of the greatest composers: Grieg (The Hunter and the Bird_), Tchaikovsky (Reflection_), Strauss (Wien Valtz_), Stravinsky (Troika), Debussy, Prokofiev and Berg (Rodin) and many others. In fact, the original name of the company was Choreographic Miniatures. The first program of this exciting company was repeated with triumphant success more than 100 times to packed audiences in Saint-Petersburg, and later all over Russia. In 1976, his friend and favorite dancer Askold Makarov became his successor.
The talents of Askold Makarov, the leading soloist of the Kirov ballet, were highly appreciated all over the world as well as in Russia. He was a State Prize Laureate, Professor and Chairman of the Saint Petersburg Union of performers. In 2001, after the death of Makarov in 2000, the post of Artistic Director was occupied by the famous choreographer People’s Artist of Russia, State Prize Laureate of Russia and Laureate to International Ballet competition Yuri Petukhov.
The company constantly extends its sphere of activity and expands its creativity. The mastery of the high traditions of Russian ballet is being passed on to a younger generation of artists, both Russian and foreign. The ballet artists often demonstrate their skill at international ballet competitions. The Theatre administration regularly organizes a series of master classes, which are visited by both professionals and amateurs of the ballet arts.
The repertoire of the company consists of both classical and modern ballet performances — more than 60 dance items and 20 one-act ballets.