Grand stage

STARRING Nikita Ksenofontov, Veronika Sitalo, Ekaterina Malko, Igor Leushin, Kirill Danilov, Kohey Fukuda, Conductor Evgeny Volynsky


ballet for children in two acts
music by Karen Khachaturian
horeography by Genrikh Mayorov



Libretto by Gennady Rykhlov after the fairy-tale by Gianni Rodari
Choreography: Genrikh Mayorov
Set and Costume Designer: Vyacheslav Okunev
Musical Director and Conductor: Karen Durgaryan
Assistant horeographer: Anna Mayorova

2 hours

one intermission

Premiered on December 3, 2015

Chipollino is one of the best contemporary ballet productions for children, which brought global fame to distinguished Russian composer Karen Khachaturian: music from this ballet became a soundtrack for Chipollino animation film loved by many. The ballet, which is called Spartacus for kids due to its performance complexity, will become a wonderful reason for a family theatre visit.

Act I

A square in a fairytale town. It seems there are only vegetable baskets and fruit cases. But in fact those are big and small houses where fruits and vegetables live. And all the fruits and vegetables resemble people so much.

The family of the Radishes meet the family of the Onions. Mother Cipolla and father Cipollone are trying to cope with naughty Cipollino who is tired of nursing his little sister Cipolletta. Master Grape is mending shoes. Mister Pumpkin is looking for some bricks to build a house for himself. Professor Pear is playing the violin and all the citizens of the town are dancing. Suddenly Signor Tomato appears on the square and announces the visit of Prince Lemon whod like to talk to his citizens. Prince Lemon has just issued a new law: the sunshine, the wind blow, and the rain must be paid for. Vegetables and fruits are indignant.

In the stampede Cipollino has inadvertently stepped on Lemons foot. The guards are outraged: Prince Lemon has been insulted. The rebel must be punished. But Cipollino has vanished and the guards arrest his father, the old Cipollone.

The Onions are grieving. But other families have problems too. Mister Pumpkin on his own cannot build a house. All the citizens united by Cipollino are helping him. No sooner than the house has been built, Signor Tomato appears. Hes nearly bursting with anger: the Pumpkins house has been built on the land of Countesses Cherries. Its private property and nobody can use it. The Guard of Prince Lemon destroy the house. The poor old Pumpkin is desperate. Cipollino sets for revenge.

Act II

Cipollino and his friend little Radish are going to the palace to find the place where old Cipollone is kept. On the way they meet young Count Cherry who is very lonely in the palace. Cipollino, Radish, and Cherry make friends. Trying to find the imprisoned Cipollone they are nearly caught by Signor Tomato but manage to escape. The Countesses Cherries are throwing a feast in honour of Prince Lemon. While everybody is busy dancing the friends manage to set Cipollone free.

Lemons Guard and the police are looking for the runaways. Cipollino hides his father and Radish but gets arrested.

In the gardens of the palace Count Cherry meet Magnolia. Together they find Cipollino incarcerated. Magnolia with her fragrance sends the guards to sleep; Count Cherry ties them up and sets Cipollino free.

Prince Lemon comes to the prison to punish the rebel but finds only the guards tied up.

The enraged Prince orders to fire the cannon into the townsfolk but Cipollino and his friends manage to push the Prince into the cannon. When the smoke rolls away there is no Prince Lemon, no cannon, and no guards. From now on everybody will happily live in the fairytale town. There will be a new town under the clear blue sky  a town of friends!