Ballet in three acts with choreography by Zakharov, music by Reinhold Glière, design by Mikhail Bobyshov, and libretto by Petr Abolimov, after the poem by Pushkin. Premiered 14 Mar. 1949 by the Kirov Ballet, St Petersburg, with Sergeyev and Dudinskaya. The ballet tells the story of the lovers Yevgeny and Parasha who are separated when the latter drowns in the St Petersburg flood of 1824. The Bronze Horseman is the famous statue of Peter the Great in St Petersburg which, in his grief-induced delirium, Yevgeny believes is pursuing him. The ballet was also staged at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 27 June 1949 with Yermolaev and Lepeshinskaya.