For its annual engagement, the legendary Mariinsky brings Alexei Ratmansky's charming contemporary take on the classic Russian fairy tale in a D.C. premiere showcasing plenty of personality, humor, and creativity with a score by Rodion Shchedrin.
Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre
Yuri Fateev, Deputy Director of the Ballet Company
THE LITTLE HUMPBACKED HORSE
Music by Rodion Shchedrin
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto by Maxim Isaev after the tale of Pyotr Yershov
Set and costume design by Maxim Isaev
Lighting design by Damir Ismagilov
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra
"Fresh as a daisy… bubbling over with high spirits"
--The New York Times
"Ratmansky's emotional touch is sure… two hours of glorious dance!"
Mariinsky Ballet is legendary for championing the grand Russian tradition--Swan Lake and last season's Raymonda are shining examples--and now for its 15th consecutive season at the Kennedy Center, the company reveals its equally impressive talents for re-interpreting classic stories with a 21st-century sensibility in this exciting D.C. premiere.
Alexei Ratmansky, "perhaps the greatest ballet storyteller today" (The Washington Post), brings his charming take on The Little Humpbacked Horse, whisking audiences into a deeply Russian fairy tale world about a young boy's fantastical adventures with a magical horse. Merging the best of Imperial classicism with his trademark flair for the fresh and new, Ratmansky offers a production that revels in virtuoso performances, corps de ballet majesty, and vibrant folk dances alongside pop culture–inspired designs, clever humor, and Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin's modernist 1960 score.
Teeming with bright colors, vividly drawn characters, and expressive choreography, this heartwarming production is also the perfect ballet for everyone in the family to share together--and discover a beautiful, beloved story from Russia's rich national heritage.