Yes, Ulyana Lopatkina is coming back. She and Diana Vishneva will be featured somewhere within "four distinct ballet programs dedicated to Maya Plisetskaya," the great Bolshoi icon who expired last May.
BAM's press release is a little vague on what we should expect, but Dying Swan and Woman in a Room are definitely on the bill. Nor do we know how many other Mariinsky dancers will be on the program.
Tickets go on sale to BAM members on November 7th and to the general public on November 16th. Prices are especially high (35, 70, 110, 150, 175) for the ballet performances and are subject to increases after November 29. Considering what they are charging, they'd better bring a whole lot more dancers with Lopatkina and Vishneva.
The major problem that we see is that the dates of the BAM engagement overlap with the Raymonda dates at the Kennedy Center. So it would seem that New York will get the Mariinsky Orchestra while the Kennedy Center dates will probably involve the house orchestra as has happened previously. Of course, the Mariinsky Theatre has enough dancers to run performances simultaneously in NY, DC and a few other places, but what about those of us who want to be in two places at one time?
Adding to our anxiety over these conflicting dates in NY and DC is the final week of NYCB which includes Agon, Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, and Mozartiana. Oy....
Valery Gergiev will conduct in New York including on the evening of February 24th when there will be a marathon concert consisting of all five of Prokofiev's piano concertos played in chronological order by four different pianists.