«Prokofiev on the Ballet Stage» research and practice conference To Sergey Prokofiev’s 125th Anniversary, Yury Grigorovich’s 90th Annivarsary

Professional event flow / Ballet and dance

03.12.2016 15:00 - 16:15

Mariinsky Theatre, White foyer, Teatralnaya Square, 1


2016 is marked by the 125th anniversary of Sergei Prokofiev. The Prokofiev year is extremely important not only for musicians, but also for the ballet. «Romeo and Juliet» and «Cinderella» are just as famous and appreciated as works as the ballet classics of the 19th century. Prokofiev’s ballet heritage is not limited to these two. The composer conducted very interesting experiments in Dyaghilev’s «Russian ballet»; «The Prodigal Son» is undoubtedly the most interesting of those. There were various classical and modernist choreographers’ performances on Prokofiev's music, which was not written specifically for ballet. That is where Prokofiev’s «Stone Flower» came to life – a ballet by Yuri Grigorovich, which started a new era of St. Petersburg and Leningrad-total national ballet, which started the career of the outstanding choreographer of the twentieth century. The Forum is organized on the threshold of Grigorovich’s anniversary, which is in the beginning of January 2017.

Also Yuri Nikolaevich himself is preparing the premiere of the renewed «Stone Flower» at the Mariinsky theater. The «Prokofiev on the ballet stage» conference is dedicated to all three of the mentioned cultural events and will consist of:

-          Theoretical part with famous Russian and foreign researchers of Prokofiev’s art;

-          Sessions with experts of the musical theater, where Valery Gergiev, Yuri Grigorovich, Nikolay Tsiskaridze and other legends of the Russian ballet will share their experience in terms of Prokofiev’s music.

A rehearsal of the «Stone Flower» premiere is scheduled after the conference. 


Nikolay Tsiskaridze

Rector of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, Honored Artist


  • Victor Vanslov, Doctor of Arts, Academician of the Russian Academy of Arts. Topic: «Grigorovich and Prokofiev»


  • Leonid Gakkel, Doctor of Art History, coordinator of musical and social activities of the Mariinsky Theatre. Topic: «Prokofiev Ballet: Landmarks»
  • Natalia Zozulina, Ballet Professor of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Topic: «Choreo-drama dance and symphonic style in Prokofiev’s historical ballets on the domestic stage»
  • Lynn Garafola, Professor at Columbia University (New York, USA). Topic: «Diaghilev’s Prokofiev»
  • Igor Stupnikov, Doctor of Arts, Professor of St. Petersburg State University. Topic: «Romeo and Juliet»: performance of Leonid Yakobson as a source for the performances of John Cranko and Kenneth MacMillan»
  • Brigitte Lefèvre, Former Director of the Dance of the Paris Opera. Topic: «Prokofiev and French dance from opera ballet to experiments of French choreographers of the» new wave «of 1980s-90s»
  • Alexander Chepalov, Doctor of Arts (Kharkov). Topic: «Le Pas d'Acier" vs «Cinderella»: Paris-Leningrad-Kharkov and  everywhere else ...»
  • Svetlana Naborschikova, Doctor of Arts. Topic: «Tchaikovsky» Ballet of the twentieth century: Stravinsky, Shostakovich or Prokofiev»?