St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

The Sleeping Beauty (act III)
The Legend of Love (act III)
Masterpieces of classical choreography

An artistic evening for the anniversary of Lyubov Kunakova

Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, Marius Petipa after tales of Charles Perrault
Choreography by Marius Petipa revised version by Konstantin Sergeev (1952)
Set and costume designer: Simon Virsaladze
Princess Aurora: Elena Yevseyeva
Prince Désiré: Timur Askerov
The Lilac Fairy: Svetlana Savelieva
Princess Florine: Maria Iliushkina
Bluebird: Alexei Timofeyev

Act III of the ballet THE LEGEND OF LOVE
Music by Arif Melikov
Libretto by Nazim Khikmet
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich (1961)
Set, costume and lighting design: Simon Virsaladze
Mekhmeneh Bahnu: Viktoria Tereshkina  
Shyrin: Elena Yevseyeva
Ferkhad: Kimin Kim

Viktoria Tereshkina
Elena Yevseyeva
Maria Iliushkina
Valeria Bespalova
Alexandra Iosifidi
Valeria Kuznetsova
Svetlana Savelieva
Tatiana Tkachenko
Kimin Kim
Roman Belyakov
Even Capitaine
Kian Mangis
Alexandra Zhilina (piano)

The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Arseny Shuplyakov

Lyubov Kunakova was born in Izhevsk. After graduating from the Perm School of Dance in 1970 (class of G. Kuznetsov) she made her debut at the Perm Tchaikovsky Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, where until 1974 she performed roles including Swanilda, Odette-Odile, Kitri, the Lilac Fairy, Aurora, Milady and the Queen (The Three Musketeers, choreography by Nikolai Boyarchikov) and lead roles in such ballets as Paquita and The Nutcracker.
From 1974-1992 she was a leading performer of the ballet repertoire at Leningrad’s Kirov Theatre of Opera and Ballet (renamed the Mariinsky in 1992).
She appeared in the ballets Giselle (Giselle, Myrtha), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, the Lilac Fairy, Princess Florine), La Bayadère (Nikia, Gamzatti), Swan Lake (Odette-Odile), Raymonda (Raymonda), Don Quixote (Kitri), Le Corsaire (Medora, Gulnare), Paquita, La Sylphide (the Sylph), The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Zarema), The Legend of Love (Mekhmeneh-Bahnu) and Scotch Symphony among others. She has staged the Mariinsky Theatre’s versions of classical ballets in Minsk (Don Quixote, Chopiniana), Athens (The Sleeping Beauty), Tokyo (Paquita) and Brazil (Giselle).
She has taught classical dance at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (1997-2002, her pupils including Anastasia Kolegova, Tatiana Tkachenko, Natalia Sharapova, Vera Garbuz and Yulia Repet); she has also taught in Japan, Brazil and South Korea. Since 1997 she has been a repetiteur at the Mariinsky Theatre and coaches roles with Viktoria Tereshkina, Elena Yevseyeva and Maria Iliushkina.
People’s Artist of the RSFSR (1983).
Honoured Artist of the RSFSR (1974).
Recipient of the medal of the order “For Services to the Fatherland”, 2ndclass (2009).
Prize-winner at the Varna International Ballet Competition (1972).
Diploma-recipient at the International Ballet Competition (Moscow, 1969).

Age category 6+

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