In the words of the ballet's choreographer, Yuri Grigorovich, the story concerns "the fate of the stone carver, Danila, who wishes to see the full power of the stone and show its beauty to the people. The creative urge which possesses Danila and the desire to create more perfect art is the leitmotif of the ballet."
Danila, who is in love with Katerina, desires to create a malachite vase that will be as simple ad beautiful as a flower. During this quest, Danila is led to the underground realm of the Queen of the Copper Mountain, who wishes to help him but also wants him for herself. But the strength of Danila and Katerina's love eventually moves the Queen of the Copper Mountain to release him, and the young lovers return to their village with the secret of creating beauty from stone.
Aleksandr Gulyaev, Danila
Anna Polikarpova, Katerina
Tatiana Terekhova, Queen of the Copper Mountain
Genady Babanin, Severyan, a Bailiff
Irina Chistyakova, Fire-fairy
Corps and Artists of the Kirov Ballet from the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
The Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra
Conductor: Alexandere Viliumanis
Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich
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