Vladimir Varnava's Yaroslavna, music by Boris Tishchenko

Mariinsky Theater

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Vladimir Varnava — Choreographer

Konstantin Fyodorov — Dramatist

Galya Solodovnikova — Set and costume design

Igor Fomin — Lighting designer

Ilya Starilov — Video graphics designer

Zlata Yalinich — Yaroslavna

Yuri Smekalov — Prince Igor

Grigory Popov — Div

Kristina Shapran — Polovtsian Maiden

Mariinsky Ballet

Mariinsky Chorus

Mariinsky Orchestra

Valery Gergiev — Conductor

Program notes

Acclaimed maestro Valery Gergiev and the legendary Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra mount a new production of 20th-century composer Boris Tishchenko's Yaroslavna ("The Eclipse")—a ballet whose original production was so popular, it ran for 14 years! Here, it features new choreography by Vladimir Varnava, one of Russia's most popular contemporary choreographers.

Boris Tishchenko's three-act ballet Yaroslavna sets the story of the much-beloved 12th-century Russian epic poem The Tale of Igor’s Campaign—the account of Prince Igor Svyatoslavich's failed raid against the Polovtsians in 1185—to a strikingly modern score influenced by Japanese gagaku music. The result is a fascinating work that strongly contrasts with Alexander Borodin's classic 1890 opera, Prince Igor, which was inspired by the same source material. Premiered in 1974 at Leningrad's Maly Opera Theatre, the original production of Yaroslavna was choreographed by Oleg Vinogradov and directed by Yuri Lyubimov, and turned out to be one of the highlights of 1970s Russian ballet as well as one of Tishchenko's most celebrated works.

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