Music by Alexander Glazunov, Anatoly Lyadov, Anton Rubinstein, and Dmitri Shostakovich
Music composition by Alexander Tseitlin
Choreography by Asaf Messerer
Staging by Mikhail Messerer
Stage Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Musical Director of the production: Pavel Bubelnikov
Assistant to Musical Director: Marius Stravinsky
Assistant to Stage Designer: Pyotr Okunev
Producer: Dmitry Astafyev, Dr. habil.
ballet in one act
music by Alexander Glazunov, Anatoly Lyadov, Anton Rubinstein, and Dmitri Shostakovich, music composition by Alexander Tseitlin
General partner of the production
Premiere of the production at the Mikhailovsky Theatre: 8 September 2014
Asaf Messerer’s celebrated choreographic composition is a focused and imaginative transcription of the ballet dancer’s journey from beginner’s exercises to the heights of virtuosity. The entire arsenal of classical dance technique is on display in this one-act ballet. For the stars of ballet it offers a welcome opportunity to let their individual artistry shine through. Originally produced in the late 1950s for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Class Concert continues the tradition for stage compositions with a ballet lesson theme. In the history of choreography, the work stands alongside renowned compositions such as August Bournonville’s Le Conservatoire (1848), and Harald Lander’s Études (1948).
The Mikhailovsky Theatre has opened the new season with a ballet ‘triptych’. No anthems were sung and no speeches given before the curtain rose on the first production of the new theatrical year. Instead, without the slightest fuss, the theatre launched straight into a première. The legendary Class Concert, with choreography by Asaf Messerer, has been brought to the Mikhailovsky stage by the heir to that dancing dynasty, Mikhail Messerer.