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234th Season

Main Stage

21 May
2021 | Friday
Stars of the Stars
Le Parc (ballet in 3 acts)
Ballet in 3 acts
Artists Credits
Alexandra Zhilina
Ballet company
Choreography by Noemie Perlov (revisions)
Herve Pierre, Costume Designer
Jacques Chatelet, Lighting Designer
Thierry Leproust, Set Designer
Goran Vejvoda, Sound compositions
World premiere: Mariinsky Theatre
Premiere of this production: 14 Apr 2011

Running time: 1 hour 35 minutes

ballet in three acts
to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sound compositions by Goran Vejvoda
Choreography by Angelin Preljocaj

The ballet was staged in April 1994 for the Ballet de l`Opera de Paris
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 14 April 2011

Choreographer: Angelin Preljocaj
Sound creation by Goran Vejvoda
Assistant Choreographer: Noemie Perlov
Set Designer: Thierry Leproust
Costume Designer: Herve Pierre
Lighting Designer: Jacques Chatelet


The main ballet event of the season was the premiere of Angelin Preljocaj’s Le Parc, the original choreography of which the Mariinsky Ballet Company discovered for the first time. In actual fact, Le Parc is a direct descendant of the Mariinsky Theatre’s The Sleeping Beauty by Marius Petipa. The archaeology, which exists in it as a principle for the plot to unfold, never fades. The gardeners at Versailles in the mid 18th century fell asleep, just like Princess Aurora did in the 16 th century in order to wake up one century later at the Court of the Sun King. Preljocaj’s Gardeners slept somewhat longer – at the end of the 20 th century. The Gardeners in Le Parc are unusual. They tend the garden and “grow” love stories in it – they are gravedigging archaeologists with torches on their foreheads that seek out items of the gallant age from the era of the “star wars” and artefacts from the canvases of Antoine Watteau at Versailles. And they discover much more than mere crinolines, camisoles, fans, veils and Mozart’s divinely beautiful music which Preljocaj and the designer Thierry Leproust depict with the most incredible subtlety, as well as the frivolous mood of love that characterizes the mad era of cavaliers, ladies, courting, sighs and stolen kisses. Moreover, these children of a more cruel time in which AIDS kills any healthy emotion are running against the story of the mad passion of two courtiers which then ends with that very famous prolonged kiss where the lovers no longer fear anything – neither men, nor gods nor class prejudices.

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