You can enjoy the beauty of ballet not only from the auditorium — we would like to tell you about the official pages of Russian theaters on Instagram, which are definitely worth visiting.
Bolshoi Theater, 375,000 subscribers
The major ballet stage of the country holds a high bar for their social media as well - posting the content both beautiful and meaningful. Professional photos of performances, artists, rehearsals and ceremonial interiors of the theater inspire to see the Bolshoi with your own eyes. The page has information on the current repertoire, premieres and tickets. Artists regularly communicate with subscribers in real time - in one of the last live streams, Denis Rodkin, a principal dancer, answered the fans’ questions. The feed also contains fragments of performances, movie previews from the Ticket to the Bolshoi series and the Green Room interviews, the full version of which you can view on the theater's YouTube channel.
Mariinsky Theater, 193,000 subscribers
Visiting the Mariinsky Theater page, you get a chance not only to see footage of their performances but also to learn to understand ballet better - posters are often accompanied by stories of productions, and posts often feature lectures given by artists and art critics. For example, in one of the posts, the ballerina Victoria Tereshkina talks about how the image of the swan in Swan Lake evolved artistically and choreographically. In the stories, subscribers regularly find simple quizzes to test their knowledge of the repertoire, and by clicking on the hashtag #nedelyavmariinke you can see the stage and rehearsal life of the theater over the past 7 days.
Mikhailovsky Theater, 50,000 subscribers
Another ballet stage in St. Petersburg, the Mikhailovsky Theater, takes up the educational mission and regularly publishes intellectual quizzes and historical ballet chronicles in stories. In Highlights, you can find fragments of ballets by their titles, as well as footage from rehearsals in the Backstage section. In the MT for Children, there are touching portraits of the Mikhailovsky’s youngest spectators, as well as posters of the children's performances and events. This theater is especially loved by children because it is one of the few that shows the legendary ballet Cipollino by Khachaturian.
Admirers of the ballet dancers can find gorgeous black and white portraits of ballerinas and principals at the barre posted in the feed - every photo is accompanied by the information on the nearest dates and names of performances the dancer is performing in.
Perm Opera and Ballet Theater, 17,000 subscribers
From among the regional opera and ballet theaters in Russia, Perm Theater is the smallest but, probably, the most famous one: under the artistic direction of Theodor Currentzis, they acquired the status of a European theater and is still holding this position today. Although at first glance it may appear that there are more "opera" than “ballet” posts in the feed, fans of classical choreography will find many interesting things here. First of all, the theater broadcasts live performances on a regular basis, including premieres; Perm productions of Stravinsky's ballets deserve special attention. It also hosts the Diaghilev Festival, the Arabesque ballet competition, open rehearsals of performances and the Modern Audience Laboratory - Instagram subscription to the Perm Opera and Ballet Theater will help you not miss all these events.
Kremlin Ballet, 13,000 subscribers
If on the above accounts ballet content alternates with opera one, the Kremlin Ballet page is pure dance in all its splendor! There are no voluminous posts and saved info in the Highlights, but the feed will give you a great visual pleasure: their photos skillfully convey the grace of the dancers and solemnity of the performances on stage of the Kremlin Palace.