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234th Season

Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

31 May
2021 | Monday
Evening of Contemporary Choreography: "Le Divertissement du roi". " At the wrong time". "Russian dead ends–II"
Artists Credits
Ballet company
Music by Nastasya Khrushcheva
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Choreography by Maxim Petrov (revisions)
Choreography by Aleksander Sergeev (revisions)
Elena Trubetskova, Costume Designer
Tatiana Noginova, Costume Designer
Dariia Pavlenko, Costume Designer
Konstantin Binkin, Lighting Designer
Anton Nikolaev, Lighting Designer

Le Divertissiment du roi


Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau

Choreography by Maxim Petrov
Costume Designer: Tatiana Noginova
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin
Libretto by Bogdan Korolyok

Le Divertissement du Roi is a neoclassical fantasy on a baroque theme, it is recollections of the happy beginnings of the art of ballet that unfolded in the Louvre and in Versailles. The protagonist of the ballet is a King who loves to appear at the theatre dressed as the Sun. The prototypes number more than just Louis XIV: contrary to popular opinion, the epithet Le Roi Soleil was first attributed to his most august father, Louis XIII. Just as much as his son, he loved to take part in Court masquerade balls, and not always as the star of day. Much more frequently he appeared as marginalised urban dwellers and port idlers - such as a drunken Dutch captain. 
Maxim Petrov’s ballet is a catalogue of cherished images of baroque ballet. Although the music used is by Jean-Philippe Rameau – and this is a very late score from the baroque theatre tradition – the divertissement features entrées typical of earlier times. There are peasants on the stage (the indispensable gallants), Play and Pleasure as well as miraculous snails which are also ugly furies. But the protagonist of the evening is Armide the magician. The mistress of enchanted salons that appear and disappear as she waves her hand is, arguably, a key feature of baroque art, tensely feeling the border between dreams and reality, trying to separate illusions from truth. In brief, no-one can ultimately guarantee that the entire so-called “king’s divertissement” is not an illusion – a jester’s trick with fairground comedians. 
Bogdan Korolyok


Premiere: 14 June 2015, Mariinsky Theatre, St Peterburg

Running time 30 minutes

Age category 6+


Russian dead ends–II


Music by Nastasya Khrushcheva
Choreography by Maxim Petrov
Costume Designer: Elena Trubetskova
Lighting Designer: Anton Nikolaev
Texts written by Nastasya Khrushcheva and Maxim Petrov

Premiere: 17 March 2020, Mariinsky Theatre
(as a part of the project A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers)

Running time: 30 minutes

Age category 6+


At the wrong time


Music by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Choreography by Alexander Sergeev
Costumes Designer: Daria Pavlenko
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin
Lighting Adaptation for the Concert Hall by Anton Nikolaev

Premiere: 26 March 2019, Mariinsky Theatre
(as a part of the project A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers)

Running time: 15 minutes

Age category 6+

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