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This was first performed in Moscow as well, but in 1869. It's an awesome adventure story, complete with mythical beasts incredible music and the overall message that chivalry is NOT dead. You'll love it.
Now, this one is pretty depressing, but the epic plot twist at the end is worth all the tears. Basically a peasant girl falls in love with a nobleman who she thinks is a commoner. When she finds out she dies of a broken heart ... but the story doesnt' end there.
Giselle is definitely one to see in Russia as this is one of the most famous ballets ever. Plus, the main role of Giselle is the most sought after role for Russian ballerinas.
Swan Lake first premiered in Moscow in 1877. This ballet is one of the most well-known ballets ever. Even if you know nothing about ballet you've probably heard of Swan Lake before, right? If you see that Swan Lake is playing while you're in Russia, get your tickets!
Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)
This is one interesting ballet. It first premiered in Paris, and there was rioting there after the premier because it was TOTALLY different from the usual ballets. People were confused and very unhappy. Interested??
People today have more of an appreciation of the style (it's more modern), so you probably won't experience any rioting but it's still worth seeing; the ballet is also relatively short and rather phenomenal.
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