El Cid

Music: Jules Massenet • Choreography: Venti Petrov


The History

The Ballet

The Review

Venti Petrov



The depth of the story is matched by the prodigious amount of work Venti Petrov has undertaken over the last several years in order to assemble this ballet. Petrov first researched over 30 of Jules Massenet’s operas and ballet compositions in order to create an original musical score. From Jules Massenet’s opera “Le Cid”, Petrov only used 6 pieces. Petrov first choreographed a one-act ballet premiered at the Dokoudovsky New York Conservatory of Dance on April 17th, 2010.

One year later, having assembled additional music, Petrov is now presenting a ballet in two acts. This enables him to cover important aspects of the story, including war tribulations and Rodrigo’s longing for Jimena’s eventual forgiveness. El Cid is probably the only full-length classical story ballet created so far this century. The depth of the characters, the suspense of the plot and the enchantingly beautiful music are bound to leave many future generations wondering why no-one tackled the challenge of creating such a ballet masterpiece. Just like his main protagonist, the ballet El Cid looks destined to enter the repertoire of generations of artists to come.