Why See Mariinsky Ballet - The Fountain of Backhchisarai?
Captivating and Heartbreaking
Continuing the elegance and grandeur of the Imperial Russian ballet, the esteemed Mariinsky Ballet brings this little-performed gem to our shores. Based on a 1823 poem by Alexander Pushkin, The Fountain of Backhchisarai is a 1934 ballet created by Rotislav Zakharov with a score from Boris Asafiev. Telling a sweeping story of obsessive love and the destructive power of grief, we're drawn into a world of beautiful Princesses, terrifying enemies, and dangerously jealous wives.
The tale begins as Maria, the alluring daughter of a Polish Lord is celebrating her birthday. At the glorious party, Maria beams in the arms of her lover and finace Vaslav and looks forward to their shared future. But outside the palace gates the Polish enemies, the Tatars gather, launching a bloody attack on the guests, slaying Maria's friends, family and her beloved.
Saved by their leader, the Khan who falls instantly in love with her, she is abducted back to his palace where his harem and favorite wife Zemira are dismayed by the new arrival...
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