Arts and artists of Russia

April 6, 2009 at 8:37 pm (Dance, Music, Russophilia)

Here is a link to a performance of the ballet “Lieutenant Kije” featuring the great Vladimir Vasiliev, with music by Prokofiev.  Sergei Prokofiev is a composer whose music Ron and I deeply love. His Romeo and Juliet is, for us at least, unsurpassed in the classical ballet repertoire.  Click here to see Vasiliev as Romeo and Ekaterina Maximova as Juliet.


Evgenai Obraztsova as Juliet and Andrian Fadeyev as Romeo

Evgenia Obraztsova as Juliet and Andrian Fadeyev as Romeo

We saw these two several years ago in the Kirov production of Romeo and Juliet at the Kennedy Center. It was – well, there are no adjectives sufficient to describe it. One, possibly: transcendent.

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev  1891-1953

Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev 1891-1953


Here, the Russian Red Army Dance Ensemble (a component of the Alexandrov Ensemble) proves that Russian soldiers just wanna have fun! (Who knew??) Be sure to watch this video all the way through – you’ll see some astounding feats of athleticism:


  1. Elaine Simpson-Long said,

    You have just visited my blog so am now looking at yours and what joy to find a post about my favourite ballet Romeo and Juliet. I have written about this as well, I have seen the Kenneth macmillan production at Covent Garden more times than I care to remember with subllime pairings, Fonteyn and Nureyev, Nureyev and Lesley Collier, Wayne Eagling and Allessandra Ferri, Carlos Acosta and Tamara Roja but I have to say the most sublime performance EVER which reduced the audience to a stunned silence at the end of hte balcony scene, was one with Anthony Dowell, this was back in the 1970s with the then newly defected from the Kirov, Natalia Markarova. Their intensity together was sublime, impossible to put into words. the beautfy of their dancing together was such that it physically hurt to watch and I could not swallow for the lump in my throat. I have never forgotten that evening.

  2. The art of Russia « Books to the Ceiling said,

    […] love this video. It consists of a haunting baritone aria from Lieutenant Kije, by Sergei Prokofiev. (It haunts me, anyway – I’ve listened to it over and over again.) The visual is […]

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