Houston Premiere of “Carmen Suite” ballet

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relation between Russia and the United States, the RCC presents Houston premiere of “Carmen Suite” ballet:

WHEN: 7:30 pm, October 26th, 2007

WHERE: Cullen Hall, Wortham Center (500 Texas Ave; Houston, TX 77002)

TICKETS: $25-$65 by phone 713-395-3301 or e-mail ourtexasinc@gmail.com


Within the framework of these celebrations RCC “Our Texas” in cooperation with Consulate General of Russia in Houston present Houston premiere of the “Carmen Suite” performed by the Metropolitan Classical Ballet  a Arlington based company that performs in Fort Worth and Arlington led by its Artistic Directors Paul Mejia and former Bolshoi Theatre soloist Alexander Vetrov.

the performance features special guest artist, Marianna Ryzhkina, a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, who is making her first appearance in the Bayou City. Marianna Ryzhkina, Honored Artist of Russia. Marianna is the winner of the International Serge Lifar Competition of Ballet Artists in Kiev (Ukraine) and of the International competition of ballet artists in Osaka (Japan).  In 1997, Marianna participated in the mounting of ballet “Аntigona“ during the International Arts Festival in Мeride (Spain). In 1998, she took part in the International J. Gershvin Festival in Perelada (Spain) and became the laureate of Etoiles internationales de la Danse (Paris) in 2002.

Marianna works under the guidance of another Credited Artist of the USSR, Ekaterina Maksimova. With the Bolshoi Theatre troupe Marianna has been on tours to America, Japan, England, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Egypt, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Greece, the Bermuda Islands and other countries.

Music by Georges Bizet – Rodion Schedrin. Choreography by Alberto Alonso. Staged by Alexander Vetrov 

Carmen Suite – based on the beloved opera, Carmen – is a classic tale of love, betrayal and jealous rage as Carmen, the taunting gypsy siren, explodes in a love triangle with a doomed soldier, Don Jose, and the famous matador Escamillo.  Both the arrangement and the choreography for Carmen Suite was created especially for the great Soviet ballerina, Maya Plisetskaya, former soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet Theater in Moscow who gained recognition as one of the world’s foremost ballerinas.

Music by Cesare Pugni. Choreography by Jules Joseph Perrot. Staged by Alexander Vetrov

Pas de Quatre, one of the most famous pas de quatres in ballet history, premiered in London on July 12, 1845, at a command performance for Queen Victoria.  Four of the greatest ballerinas of the nineteenth century, Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Fanny Cerrito and Lucile Grahn, appeared together.  They displayed their great style, femininity, and virtuosity in what was a magical historic moment in the charming and beautiful era of Romantic Ballet.

Music and Lyrics by Jacques Brel. Choreography by Eddy Toussaint. Costume and set design by Eddy Toussaint

Eddy Toussaint’s Bonjour Brel, an extended pas de deux set to five songs by the French songwriter Jacques Brel. It was first presented in Montreal, Canada in 1998. In the summer, of 2002, the ballet was chosen to be part of the program for the opening Gala of the new Opera House in Moscow. Highly acclaimed by Moscow critics, the work was performed by Metropolitan Classical Ballet’s Olga Pavlova and Alexander Vetrov. The Company premiered it the following season, in February of 2003.

For questions, please call 713-395-3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com.

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