Svetlana Zakharova takes on the title role in Alberto Alonso’s Carmen Suite, with Denis Rodkin as Jose and Mikhail Lobukhin as Torero. Alonso choreographed the ballet in 1967 for famed Bolshoi prima Maya Plisetskaya.
Carmen: Impetuous Carmen seduces Don José in order to convince him to let her out of jail. Once outside, she thinks she’s finally free before realizing that she’s in fact prisoner of a love triangle: she wants to be with the famous Torero Escamillo, but she can’t make Don José go away.
Petruska: At Saint-Petersburg’s carnival, three puppets are playing the same role over and over: the unhappy lover Petrushka, the coquette and a Moor. Fed up with this endless part that never goes well for him, Petrushka attacks his rival and flees from the puppets theater.
Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet.
Music Georges Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin and Igor Stravinsky
Choreography Alberto Alonso and Edward Clug
Libretto(For Carmen Suite) Alberto Alonso after Prosper Mérimée
Distribution CARMEN SUITE: Svetlana Zakharova (Carmen), Denis Rodkin (José), Mikhail Lobukhin (Escamillo), Olga Marchenkova (Fate)
PETRUSHKA: Denis Savin (Petrushka), Ekaterina Krysanova (The Ballerina), Anton Savichev (The Moor), Vyacheslav Lopatin (The Magician)