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A Legend of Love
About the performance

A Legend of Love is the second ballet by Yuri Grigorovich and was first shown on the 23rd of May 1961 at the Kirov State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (now Mariinsky). Nazim Nikmet wrote the libretto, based on his play of the same name, and the music belongs to composer Arif Melikov. The set and costumes were designed by Simon Virsaladze. A Legend of Love strengthened his creative union with Grigorovich, the beginning of which was marked by the work on The Stone Flower. From then on until his death, he would create the design for all of the choreographer’s productions.

At the premiere, the central parts were given to the same dancers as in The Stone Flower: Irina Kolpakova (Shireen), Alexander Gribov (Ferkhad), Anatoly Gridin (Vizier) and Anatoly Sapogov (Stranger). The part of Mekhmene Banu was danced by Olga Moiseyeva, later Alla Osipenko, the first Mistress of the Copper Mountain in The Stone Flower, was introduced to the part.

Premiered on April 15, 1965.

Major Revival — 23 October 2014.

Libretto by Nazym Hikmet and Yuri Grigorovich

Set and Costume Designer
Simon Virsaladze
Lighting Designer
Mikhail Sokolov
Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
2 hours 50 minutes
Anna Nikulina as Shireen. Denis Rodkin as Ferkhad.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Denis Rodkin as Ferkhad.

Photo by Mikhail Logvinov.

Anna Nikulina as Shireen.

Photo by Mikhail Logvinov.

Svetlana Zakharova as Mekhmene Banu.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Svetlana Zakharova as Mekhmene Banu.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Svetlana Zakharova as Mekhmene Banu. Denis Rodkin as Ferkhad.

Photo by Damir Yusupov.

Cast
09 October
2022

Sunday, 14:00

08 October
2022

Saturday, 19:00

08 October
2022

Saturday, 12:00

06 February
2022

Sunday, 14:00

05 February
2022

Saturday, 19:00

05 February
2022

Saturday, 12:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Scene 1

The palace of Queen Mekhmene Banu is plunged in mourning — her young sister, Shireen, is dying. The Vizier and the courtiers are full of anxiety. Mekhmene Banu is in despair. A Stranger, who appears out of the blue, says he will cure the Princess but, in return, Mekhmene Banu must sacrifice her beauty. In order to save the life of her sister whom she loves deeply, Mekhmene Banu accepts the Stranger’s cruel terms. Shireen is brought back to life.

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