A performance of “Swan Lake” by the Mariinsky Ballet is always an event in its own right. For 120 years this ballet has been a permanent fixture of the company’s repertory and a box-office magnet—the embodiment of the Mariinsky’s unique brand and style.
Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov in the Mariinsky Ballet’s “Swan Lake.” Photograph by Jack Vartoogian
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading
One would think that a dance inspired by the events of the January 6 insurrection—yes, a dance!—would not be the ideal stuff of theater, but the eight members of Laurie Sefton Creates (formerly Clairobscur Dance Company), succeeded in giving life to Sefton’s premiere “Herd. Person?”, while the dance, itself, was occasionally problematic.Continue Reading