Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

The Bolshoi Ballet

The greatest ballet company in the world offers a spectacular productions broadcast on the brand new 30’ screen in the Pollak Theatre. Presented by BY Experience and Pathe Live, the robust new season will feature awe‐inspiring reconstructions of historical ballets and brilliant productions based on literary masterpieces along with timeless classics and audience favorites. Ballet in cinema from the Bolshoi remains peerless.

The British Theatre behind the Tony Award-winning War Horse & One Man Two Guvnors broadcasts the best of British theatre. Each performance is filmed in high definition and broadcasted via satellite to our 30’ screen in Pollak Theatre with surround sound.

Upcoming Events

Giselle
Broadcast in HD

Feb 23

1 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Giselle

The young peasant girl Giselle dies of a broken heart when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the Wilis, vengeful spirits of jilted brides who condemn Albrecht to dance until he dies of exhaustion.

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Swan Lake
Broadcast in HD

Mar 22

1 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Swan Lake

Prince Siegfried is summoned by his parents to choose a bride. However, he encounters a mysterious and magnetic swan-woman, Odette, by the lake and is captivated. His vow of eternal love to her will have irreversible consequences.

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Romeo and Juliet
Broadcast in HD

Apr 26

1 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Romeo and Juliet

Despite each of their families being merciless enemies, Romeo and Juliet are deeply in love. The rivalry between the two families will cost Mercutio’s life, causing Romeo a desire of vengeance for the loss of his friend.

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Jewels
Broadcast in HD

May 24

1 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Jewels

This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.

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Le Corsaire
Broadcast in HD

Nov 24 2019

1 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Le Corsaire

On the bazaar square of Andrinopolis, the Pacha is struck by the beauty of Medora and tries to buy her, but the lovely young woman is not for sale. As the transaction is about to be completed, Medora is kidnaped by Conrad, a charming corsair (pirate) who catches her eye. Bolshoi Prima Ballerina, the “mesmerizing” Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity. (The Guardian) Le Corsaire remains a breath-taking production reworked by Alexei Ratmansky, who has created enough dancing for nearly the entire troupe, along with luxurious cinematic sets and a shipwreck, bringing the magnificence of the Bolshoi to life.

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Raymonda
Broadcast in HD

Oct 27 2019

1 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Raymonda

Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him.

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Carmen Suite/Petrushka
Broadcast in HD

Jun 26 2019

7 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Carmen Suite/Petrushka

Carmen is as sensual and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug. The double-bill event for cinemas encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian Ballet.

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The Golden Age
Broadcast in HD

Apr 28 2019

3 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

The Golden Age

In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,” but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka. With its jazzy score by Dmitri Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!

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The Sleeping Beauty
Broadcast in HD

Mar 24 2019

3 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

The Sleeping Beauty

On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.

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La Bayadere
Broadcast in HD

Feb 17 2019

3 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

La Bayadere

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love. La Bayadere is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgment, set in India. Dazzling sets and costumes, with one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ultimate redemption. A must-see theatrical event.

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Don Quixote
Broadcast in HD

Dec 16 2018

3 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Don Quixote

Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, with his faithful servant Sancho Panza at his side, Don Quixote sets out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea. With panache and sparkling technique, principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead the spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies, and dryads in the Bolshoi’s critically-acclaimed staging of this exalted performance. A quintessential Bolshoi event.

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La Sylphide
Broadcast in HD

Nov 18 2018

3 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

La Sylphide

On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville’s style. Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.

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Coppélia
Broadcast in HD

Jun 24 2018

3 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Coppélia

Swanhilda notices her fiancé Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppélia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson…

The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancé with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. The company’s stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous “dance of the hours,” and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

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Giselle
Broadcast in HD

Apr 15 2018

3 PM
Pollak Theatre

The Bolshoi Ballet

Giselle

When Giselle learns that her beloved Albrecht is promised to another woman, she dies of a broken heart in his arms. While Albrecht grieves, she returns from the dead as a Wili, a vengeful spirit meant to make unfaithful men dance until death…

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova personifies this ultimate ballerina role in the classical repertoire, alongside the sensational Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in this chilling, yet luminous ballet that continues to captivate audiences for over 150 years at the Bolshoi.

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