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Eugene Onegin, Mazeppa
The Kirov Opera and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater
Opera House
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
December 16, 18, 2003

By Alexandra Tomalonis
copyright © 2003 by Alexandra Tomalonis

For those holding their breath, wondering if the Kennedy Center Opera House would be ready for the start of the ballet season, it’s safe to exhale. The planners did a splendid job. There was a test show a few weeks ago (which George Jackson reviewed in these pages) to spot possible problems; then the Kennedy Center Honors; and this week, the really truly grand [opera] opening: the Kirov Opera, presenting Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mazeppa as part of a Festival in that choreographer’s honor. Congratulations to all involved in the renovation. There were no visible last minute glitches; no dangling wires, no “pardon our dust!” signs. The new carpet is in place, those masking tape repairs to the wall covering are gone. Whether my sense of scale has been skewed by several months in the intimate Eisenhower Theater or whether the house really is about 20 percent larger, I can’t say, but it certainly SEEMS bigger. The aisles are twice as wide, the orchestra center section has more seats. The pit is huge, swallowing up the Rows Formerly Known As E and F (this may be adjustable for occasions that require fewer musicians). One quibble is that the seats seem less suited to a theater than a restaurant where management wants to insure quick turnover. It’s not that they’re hard as Victorian horsehair; that’s rather bracing. It’s that that they seem cut and angled to fit a different species, with low backs and an odd slant that make it difficult for the lower spine and seat back to find each other. But overall, I think patrons will be happy to have their house back.
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What's On This Week

Dec. 23-28
The Nutcracker

Kirov Ballet
Opera House
John F. Kennedy  Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 23, 25, 26 at 7:30 pm; Dec. 27, 27at 1:30 and 7 p.m.
202-467-4600 or 800-444-1324

Dec. 23-28
The Nutcracker

The Washington Ballet’s holiday production of The Nutcracker begins this week. Telling the familiar tale of Clara and her dreams of the Land of Sweets, the classic ballet is for people of all ages. Performances run through Dec. 28.
Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 24 at  1 p.m.; Dec. 26 and 27 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Dec. 28 at 1 p.m.
Warner Theater
13th and F streets, NW

Dec. 23-28
The Nutcracker

Maryland Youth Ballet
Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.; Dec. 26 at 1 p.m.; Dec. 27 at 11 am and 5 p.m.; Dec. 28 at 1 and 7 p.m.
Montgomery College Performing Arts Center
51 Mannakee St.
Rockville, MD

Dec. 28
The Spirit of Kwanza

A multi-media show featuring the Dance Institute of Washington
Concert Hall
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Dec. 28 at 3 and 8 pm




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This weeks' articles


Mindy  Aloff's Letter from New York

The Balanchine Celebration
New York City Ballet:
A Veteran and a Raw Recruit
by Mindy Aloff

Heart and Soul
by Mary Cargill

Kid Stuff
Cas Public's If You Go Down To the Woods Today
by Susan Reiter

San Francisco Ballet:
New Wheeldon (Rush)
by Rita Felciano

New Tomasson (7 For Eight)
by Paul Parish

Possokhov's New Firebird for OBT
by Rita Felciano

Moscow Festival Ballet and Scott Wells
by Paul Parish

Hamburg Ballet's Nijinsky:
Nijinsky—Lost in the Chaos
by Clare Croft

NijinskyMadness and Metaphor
by Alexandra Tomalonis

Nijinsky and the Ballets Russes
by George Jackson

Batsheva: Breaking Down Walls
by Lisa Traiger

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence
by Clare Croft

Choreographers Showcase
by Tehreema Mitha

Zoltan Nagy
by George Jackson






Clare Croft
George Jackson
Jean Battey Lewis
Sali Ann Kriegsman
Tehreema Mitha

Alexandra Tomalonis (Editor)
Lisa Traiger


The Autumn DanceView is out:

New York City Ballet's Spring 2003 season reviewed by Gia Kourlas

An interview with the Kirov Ballet's Daria Pavlenko by Marc Haegeman

Reviews of San Francisco Ballet (by Rita Felciano) and Paris Opera Ballet (by Carol Pardo)

The ballet tradition at the Metropolitan Opera (by Elaine Machleder)

Reports from London (Jane Simpson) and the Bay Area (Rita Felciano).

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