(from Russia Beyond the Headlines, 1/30.)

Russia’s two theater companies from St. Petersburg are beginning a series of performances in Washington, DC. While the local audience is familiar with the former, the latter will visit the United States” capital city for the first time.

The world-famous Mariinsky Theater will begin its traditional winter performances in Washington later this week coming there for the 15th time, and the Maly Drama Theater will travel there for the first time in spring.

Performing on main stage

Russians will be performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Meg Booth, the center’s Director of Dance Programming, told TASS that “the Kennedy Center is fortunate to present and enjoy the artistry of the Mariinsky each year.” We are fortunate to be one of the few theaters in the world outside their home that has an annual visit from the legendary company,” she said.

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