The Lowdown on Ballet in Russia

Russia is an ancient nation and there are a great many things that you can do if you ever visit the country. The art in the country in particular is quite incredible, from the music to the literature. However, one art form that has always stood apart is Russian ballet. Russian ballet is renowned the world over for being absolutely beautiful and providing an artistic experience that is unparalleled, with narratives being described through little more than dance and the music that is playing in the background of said dance.

However, there is one problem that you might face when you are trying to enjoy ballet in Russia. The two most famous places for ballet are the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. The ballet companies that belong to these theaters put on incredible performances that are a joy to see but the problem is that they are extremely popular which means that performances are usually booked well in advance. If you are a huge fan of Russian ballet, going to these theaters may be prohibitively expensive and the chances of you getting a ticket aren’t that high in the first place anyway.

This does not mean that you will never be able to enjoy the beauty of the Russian ballet, of course. The two aforementioned theaters are the biggest in Russia, and belong to the two biggest Russian cities to boot. If you go into smaller cities, you would find theaters that are a great deal more accessible, and to top it all off you would be able to buy cheaper tickets as well.

If you make your way to Perm you would find that the city has an excellent theater company as well that hosts performances curated by one of the most iconic modern ballet producers from St. Petersburg who headed to a smaller town to make a name for himself. Alexey Miroshnichenko is a visionary, so if you make a special trip to Perm you are going to be doing yourself justice by witnessing some of the greatest Russian ballet that the country has to offer at much more affordable prices.

However, if you are vising Russia chances are that you’re just not going to want to get out of the main cities. Luckily, there are quite a few smaller companies in the larger cities as well that you can look into. One is the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theater which has always been sidelined by some of the more major productions of the modern era. This theater hosts some international performances that are always well received, and the great thing is that these performances always tend to provide audiences with some of the best results possible. Since this theater is not as commercial as others the performances tend to be more soulful and true to the spirit of the original art rather than products that are created for the sake of money.

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