Ballet Calendar: March

Ballet Calendar: March

In the first month of spring, people around the globe celebrate Tutu Day and Theater Day. We’d like to tell you about what other significant and memorable events await us in March.

On March 4, 1877, the legendary ballet Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky premiered on stage of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. To this day, it is included in the basic repertoire of all the leading ballet companies in the world. 

On March 9, 1885, the famous Russian ballerina and teacher Tamara Karsavina was born. A prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theater, she performed leading roles in Mikhail Fokine's ballets. 

On March 11, 1818, Marius Petipa was born. He was the famous French choreographer who worked in the Russian Empire and staged over 60 ballet performances on the St. Petersburg and Moscow stages. 

March 12, 1832, was the birthday of a tutu - a fluffy multi-layered ballet skirt. 190 years ago, in Paris, Marie Taglioni took the stage in this new outfit for the first time. 

On March 12, 1889, Vaslav Nijinsky, a Russian dancer and choreographer, was born. Contemporaries called him the dancing genius, the god of ballet, especially appreciating the weightlessness of his jumps and the ability to transform.   

On March 12, Artemy Belyakov, a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Theater, turns 30 years old. A graduate of the Moscow Academy of Choreography, Artemy entered the Bolshoi stage while still a student. 

March 14, 1984, is the birthday of Mikhail Lobukhin, a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and Honored Artist of Russia.  

March 17 is the birthday of the world-famous artist, legend of the world ballet Rudolf Nureyev. He was born in 1938 not far from Irkutsk, on a train bound for Vladivostok. 

On March 19, Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theater, professor, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, celebrates his birthday.

On March 19, 1963, Nina Ananiashvili, a Soviet and Georgian ballerina, People's Artist of Russia, was born. A prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Theater and the American Ballet Theatre, artistic director of the National Ballet of Georgia. 

On March 22, is the birthday of Ekaterina Krysanova, a prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet company and Honored Artist of Russia.  

On March 23, 1826, Ludwig Minkus, an Austrian composer, violinist and conductor, was born. He created 16 ballets in collaboration with Marius Petipa. The most famous of them are Don Quixote and La Bayadère.

On March 23, Anna Nikulina, an Honored Artist of Russia and prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet, marks her birthday. 

On March 27, Theater Day is celebrated all over the world. This holiday was approved in 1961 at the initiative of the International Theatre Institute, a major worldwide organization for the performing arts. 

On March 27, 1934, Arthur Mitchell was born. He was an award-winning American dancer and choreographer who created the first African American ballet company, the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

On March 28, 1776, 246 years ago, the Bolshoi Theater was founded. On that day, Prince Peter Urusov, a well-known philanthropist, received a government privilege, signed by Empress Catherine II, "to open an acting troupe" and "to maintain performances, masquerades, balls and other amusements." This date is considered the founding day of the major theater in this country.