Eurasianet: Ballet, a Soviet Legacy Continues to Thrive in Ulaanbaatar

When a new performance opens at the Mongolian State Academic Theater for Opera and Ballet, the hall sells out quickly. The country, which, according to some estimates, possesses as much as $1 trillion-worth of mineral reserves, can afford it. Some of those already reaping economic benefits from the anticipated mining-sector bonanza are fast becoming patrons of the arts. Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories, Burburry clothing and other geegaws of capitalism stand out when set against the fading pink, neoclassical opera and ballet hall on Ulaanbaatar’s posh Sukhbaatar Square. The theater first opened with a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Evgenii Onegin in the spring of 1963, coming up on a half-century ago. Over the years, the in-house troupe has performed 49 ballets including classics like Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Don Quixote. To read the full article & view the audio slideshow, click hereBallet, a Soviet Legacy Continues to Thrive in Ulaanbaatar

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