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Bolshoi Ballet: Legend of Love

Music Arif Melikov
Libretto Nâzım Hikmet
Original choreography Yuri Grigorovich

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

Running time 3hr

Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

Music Cesare
Pugni

Libretto Jean-Henry
Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa

Choreography, sets and costumes Pierre Lacotte

Cast Svetlana
Zakharova (Aspicia), Ruslan Skvortsov (Lord Wilson) and Nina Kaptsova (Ramze,
Aspicia’s slave)

Young Englishman Lord
Wilson is travelling through Egypt when a powerful storm breaks out. He is
forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid, where the daughter of one of
Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs lies entombed. Lord Wilson falls asleep and
begins to dream that the princess has come to life.
  

The plot of this lavish
production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel  Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer
Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to
resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly
in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece. With its exotic setting,
impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, this grand 19th
century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most
remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire. The main roles are here
danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan
Skvortsov.

Running
time
2h30

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadère (Broadcast in HD)

Music Ludwig Minkus
Libretto Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov
Original choreography Marius Petipa
New version Yuri Grigorovich
Broadcast in HD

Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya), Maria Alexandrova (Gamzatti) and Vladislav Lantratov (Solor)

When the beautiful dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor meet in secret, they swear eternal mutual fidelity. However, the High Brahmin, who is also in love with Nikiya, overhears them. He rushes to reveal their secret to the Rajah, who has decided that Solor will marry his beloved daughter Gamzatti.
 
La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.

(Ballet recorded live on January 27th, 2013) Running time 2h45

Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake (Broadcast in HD)

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Broadcast in HD

Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.

White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterized by elegance, style and harmony.

With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.

Running time 2hr, 40

Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo & Juliet (Broadcast in HD)

Music Sergei Prokofiev
Libretto Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov and Adrian Piotrovsky
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Broadcast in HD

Cast Alexander Volchkov (Romeo), Anna Nikulina (Juliet)

In Verona, the rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues brings bloodshed to the city. When the Capulets organize a masked ball in honor of their daughter Juliet, Romeo Montague and his friend Mercutio attend incognito because of the hatred that tears the two houses apart. Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love, and are distraught when they realize they belong to rival families.
 
William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favourite, and is one of the world’s most popular ballets.

Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience.

(Ballet recorded live on May 12th, 2013) Running time 2hr, 15

Bolshoi Ballet: Ivan the Terrible (Broadcast in HD)

Music Sergei Prokofiev
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Broadcast in HD

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness. Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film,  

Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th‐century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigor, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colors of medieval Russia.
Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th‐century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.

Estimated run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, including 1 intermission of 25 min

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Encore: Thurs. January 28, 2016

Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.

Bolshoi Ballet: Jewels

Music: Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Diamonds)
Choreography: George Balanchine

 
This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the citites and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style: Paris, New York, and St Petersburg, each represented by a contrasting jewel: emerald, ruby, and diamond.Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is only company authorized by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece. Starring Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova, and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Lady of the Camellias

Music: Frédéric Chopin
Choreography: John Neumeier

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel and accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges” –Financial Times

Bolshoi Ballet: The Taming of the Shrew (Broadcast in HD)

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot

 Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoiand cannot be seen anywhere else!