July 14th, 2010 marked the 100th anniversary of Marius Petipa’s death. Petipa is considered to be ”the father of Russian ballet” and one of the most influential choreographers in history. His most famous works include The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.
“In recognition of Petipa’s vast contributions to Russian ballet and culture, Moscow Ballet is selecting Russian artists who represent the contemporary sensibilities in Russian visual art to create limited edition paintings. These new works will be inspired by three of Petipa’s artistically acclaimed story ballets: Swan Lake,The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty- all of which Moscow Ballet performs on it’s annual tours of North America.” ~ Quote MoscowBallet.Wordpress.com You can read more about this amazing tribute here.