Kirov Classics

The Kirov Ballet & The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
A Co-production of Danmarks Radio and Monarda Arts / RM Arts


The history of dance in Russia goes back to 1738 and has brought forth uncounted generations of wonderful dancers. From 1977 on, the ballet was directed by Oleg Vinogradov, a graduate of the important Vaganova school of Leningrad and an active member of the Kirov troupe. His artistic work is characterised by both tradition and innovation, two aspects that have highly influenced today’s Kirov Ballet. This first-ever studio recording of the world-famous Kirov Ballet, made by the award-winning director Thomas Grimm at the Danmarks Radio Århus Dance Studio, showcases highlights from their repertoire, both classic and contemporary, that line up like pearls on a string: „Chopiniana“, a piece by Mikhail Fokine to music by Frédéric Chopin, followed by „Petrushka“, a masterpiece of the 20th-century ballet repertoire created by Stravinsky, the piece „Adagio“, based on Samuel Barber’s „Adagio for Strings“, the famous pas de deux from Adolphe Adam’s classic ballet „Le Corsaire“, the pas de six from the ballet „Markitenka“ and finally the Grand pas from Marius Petipa’s ballet „Paquita“.


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)



Producer: Thomas Grimm
Executive Producer: Knud Boe
Directed for Screen by: Thomas Grimm
Assistant Director: Margit Borch
Production Management: David Gerdel
Cameras: Leif Larsen, Knud Pedersen, Kurt Rasmussen, John Jaksoj, Ivan Kristoffersen Sound: Knud Carstensen
Light: Jørgen Johannessen, Tim Hunter
Editor: Søren Kirk
Running Time: 155 min
Picture Format: 4:3
Year of production: 1991


Conductor: Victor A. Fedotov



Mazurka & Waltz No. 7: Altynai Asylmuratova, Konstantin Zaklinsky
Waltz No. 11: Yelena Pankova
Prelude: Anna Polikarpova
Choreography: Mikhail Fokine
Music: Fréderic Chopin
Scenery Designer: Mikhail Bocharov



With Vyatislav Okunev, Sergei Vikharev
Libretto and Choreography: Oleg Vinogradov
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Set and Costume Design: Irina Press


With Yelena Yevteeva, Eldar Aliev
Choreography and Costumes: Oleg Vinogradov
“Adagio for Strings” composed by Samuel Barber


LE CORSAIRE Pas de deux (8:55)

With Lyubov Kunakova, Faroukh Ruzimatov
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: Adolphe Adam & Riccardo Drigo



With Larissa Lezhnina, Dmitry Gruzdev, Yaroslav Fadayev
Choreography: N. & S. Legat
Music: Joseph Bayer

MARKITENKA Pas de six (14:36)

With Yelena Pankova, Sergei Vikharev, Irina Sitnikova, Alexander Koltun, Irina Zhelonkhina, Olga Melnikova
Choreography: Arthur Saint-Léon
Music: Cesare Pugni


PAQUITA (34:03)

With Yulia Makhalina, Igor Zelensky
Pas de trios: Yelena Pankova, Irina Sitnikova, Grigory Chicherin
Variations: Irina Zhelonkhina, Lyubov Kunakova, Larissa Lezhnina, Alexander Koltun, Veronika Ivanova
Choreography: Marius Petipa
Music: A. Ludwig Minkus