The Mariinsky 3D Live Storyteller Series starts with Swan Lake on Thursday 6th June 2013. It’s a world first - ballet as you’ve never seen it before streamed live in 3D + 2D to cinema audiences globally. This Swan Lake 3D Live ballet celebrates 275 years of Russian ballet:  275 years ago Empress Anna ordered that the children of the imperial court learned "the foreign steps". It led to a power house of talents who inspired the world. Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Barishnikov, George Balanchine - who created New York City Ballet - and many, many more.


The Mariinsky, under the direction of the legendary Valery Gergiev, has some of the world’s greatest dancers and plays to sell-out audiences wherever it performs, he says: “We show our leading dancers the new wave of  Mariinsky stars - every season there is someone else coming. We show the beauty of those productions led by great music and including living composers.”


Yuri Fateev, the Deputy Director of Mariinsky Ballet:  "We perform Swan Lake because this ballet was born in our city and our theatre. This is a very important thing. Now, every ballet company around the world performs Swan Lake but the first one was created for the Mariinsky Theatre stage with the genius of Pyotr Illych Tchaikovsky, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.”


Ekaterina Kondaurova will be Odette/Odile on the night of the 3D Live. "It is a real joy for me to dance Swan Lake."  She was a star born when she performed Firebird in London in 2011.


James Cameron (Avatar and Titanic) and his partner Vince Pace are providing the 3D technology through their company, Cameron Pace. This is a huge coup - they don’t come bigger than Cameron Pace in the 3D world.


As well as the cutting edge 3D element, each ballet will be a special event, with pre-show scene setting and the story introduced by international showbiz talent.  There will be encores at cinemas following the Live Event and it will also be available on DVD.


Ross MacGibbon, a former Royal Ballet dancer and BBC Head of Dance, is the film stage director.  Ross is the leading name in the world of ballet films, with over 50 to his credit, including the BBC’s Swan Lake with the Mariinsky and, most recently, the Royal Ballet Swan Lake which was broadcast live to 400 cinemas worldwide.