Ballet Mecca for Saint-Petersburgers and guests. The theatre was named after Maria Alexandrovna, wife of Alexandre II, her bust decorates the vestibule of the theatre. The 19th century building keeps the original interiors framing the opera and ballet jewels.
The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, The Gisele and other great ballets are in the repertoire of the theatre’s Ballet Company known worldwide.
Constructed in the early 1830s for the Russian Grand Duke Michael, son of Paul I, the building is part of the Classical architectural ensemble of The Square of Arts, the true masterpiece of the Italian architect Carlo Rossi.
Strong classical traditions combined with the new trends in dancing, that’s the today’s concept of gifted professionals in the ballet company. The repertoire includes both classical and modern performances.
The former private theatre of Catherine the Great today is part of the Hermitage museum complex.
The theatre is small and cozy since initially it was intended for the closest to the throne and most honored guests only. They have open sitting today as based on the original idea, all the sits should be equally honorary.
Nowadays, the theatre is the stage for various famous ballet companies. So you can enjoy Russian dancing in the 18th century atmosphere.