Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre
The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the world’s greatest ballet company with an astonishing heritage. The famous choreographer George Balanchine studied in St Petersburg and was a member of the Mariinsky before he emigrated to the West. His choreography of ‘Jewels’ dates from later in his career, and was therefore premiered in New York. Only in 1999 was it first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre, but since it has become a core part of the company’s repertoire . The performance in this broadcast was filmed at the Mariinsky Theatre and features many of its best-known dancers, including Ulyana Lopatkina, Igor Zelensky and Andrian Fadeyev. Tugan Sokhiev conducts the orchestra.