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Mariinsky Ballet – Alexei Ratmansky’s The Little Humpbacked Horse

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Date(s) - 01/31/2017 - 02/05/2017
7:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


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“Fresh as a daisy… bubbling over with high spirits”
— The New York Times

“Ratmansky’s emotional touch is sure… two hours of glorious dance!”
— The Guardian

Mariinsky Ballet is legendary for championing the grand Russian tradition–Swan Lake and last season’s Raymonda are shining examples–and now for its 15th consecutive season at the Kennedy Center, the company reveals its equally impressive talents for re-interpreting classic stories with a 21st-century sensibility in this exciting D.C. premiere.

Alexei Ratmansky, “perhaps the greatest ballet storyteller today” (The Washington Post), brings his charming take on The Little Humpbacked Horse, whisking audiences into a deeply Russian fairy tale world about a young boy’s fantastical adventures with a magical horse. Merging the best of Imperial classicism with his trademark flair for the fresh and new, Ratmansky offers a production that revels in virtuoso performances, corps de ballet majesty, and vibrant folk dances alongside pop culture–inspired designs, clever humor, and Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin’s modernist 1960 score.

Teeming with bright colors, vividly drawn characters, and expressive choreography, this heartwarming production is also the perfect ballet for everyone in the family to share together–and discover a beautiful, beloved story from Russia’s rich national heritage.

Recommended for age 7 and up.

Performance Timing

  • Act One — 47 minutes
  • Intermission — 20 minutes
  • Act Two — 57 minutes

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