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234th Season

Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

6 May
2021 | Thursday
Ilia Zhivoy "The Four Seasons" ballet in two acts to the music of Max Richter
Ballet in 2 acts
Artists Credits
Ballet company
Music by Max Richter
Choreography by Ilya Zhivoi (revisions)
Konstantin Binkin, Lighting Designer
Premiere of this production: 19 Jun 2017

The performance has 2 intermissions
Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Performed to recorded music


Music by Max Richter 
Choreographer and Set Designer: Ilya Zhivoi 
Costume Designer: Sofia Vartanian
Design Technician: Alexei Tantsyrev 
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin


The Four Seasons is Ilya Zhivoi’s first full-length ballet. Ilya Zhivoi, a dancer with the Mariinsky Theatre and a regular participant of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers at the ballet festival Mariinsky, has been annually presenting new productions on his home stage since 2013. For the last season’s Creative Workshop, Zhivoi prepared a one-act SeasonS to music by Max Richter (featured on his album Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons). The music of the contemporary British composer Max Richter represents a 21st-century  interpretation of Antonio Vivaldi’s masterpiece. Richter kept the shapes, the textures and dynamics of the Vivaldi’s cycle, but in his interpretation, the instrumental music of the Baroque hit meets electronic sounds. The Spring and Summer parts of the composer’s album were the basis for the premiere of SeasonS (2016). Continuing his choreographic exploration of Max Richter’s music, Ilya Zhivoi will present his two-act ballet at the Stars of the White Nights Festival–2017.

Age category 6+

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