Mariinsky Theatre, Russian Museum


A large collaborative video project timed to the end of the anniversary year: stars of the Mariinsky Theatre are to perform a series of music performances in halls and on the grand staircase of the Mikhailovsky Palace.

A series of choreographic, vocal and instrumental performances will be prefaced with a congratulatory speech by maestro Valery Gergiev. The leads of the video are mezzo-soprano Yekaterina Semenchuk and concertmaster Vasily Popov, soloists of the orchestra Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici (violin) and Sofia Kiprskaya (harp), as well as a quintet of Sofia Viland (flute), Nikita Vaganov (clarinet), Alexei Fyodorov (oboe), Rodion Tolmachev (bassoon) and Zakhar Katsman (French horn). Ballet dancers May Nagahisa and Viktor Caixeta, Svetlana Savelieva and Roman Malyshev perform Alexander Sergeev’s compositions set to the music by Anatoly Lyadov and choreographed specifically for the project.
The goal is bringing together the two large Russian cultural institutions within a shared artistic context: Objectives: – attraction of the audience of the Mariinsky Theatre to the permanent exhibition of the Russian Museum in the Mikhailovsky Palace; – attraction of the audience of the Russian Museum to performances of the dancers from the Mariinsky Theatre; – coverage of the 125th anniversary of the Museum as a significant event in the global cultural space; – promotion of two cultural brands in the framework of one campaign; – generation of new images and meanings based on the synergy of painting, sculpture and architecture, on the one hand, and ballet, vocal and instrumental chamber music, on the other hand.