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The Mariinsky is one of the world's most famous theatres for opera and ballet, now expanded to include a second stage and concert hall. Discover its extraordinary history through this gallery of stunning images.
The ballet school of the Mariinsky has spawned the careers of such greats as Pavlova, Nijinsky, Balanchine, Nureyev and Baryshnikov. Here Mariinsky ballet dancers reflect in a giant mirror during a performance on 1 May 2013. Photo: AP/Dmitry Lovetsky
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