Bolshoi Ballet: 2016/17 season

Bolshoi Ballet: 2016/17 season
For the seventh consecutive year, the Bolshoi Ballet opens its doors to global audiences in cinemas only for a season boasting impeccable classicism and daring performances. With timeless classics (The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake), signature productions (The Golden Age, The Bright Stream, A Hero Of Our Time) and an evening dedicated to modern choreography (A Contemporary Evening), the Bolshoi proves once again that it is one of the world’s foremost ballet companies.

 

THE GOLDEN AGE
Sunday 16 October, 16.00
Runtime 2 hrs 20 mins
Music Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich and Isaak Glikman
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps De Ballet
In a seaside town where business and the Mafia are flourishing, the Golden Age cabaret is the favourite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revellers. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but she is also the friend of a local gangster…
A satire on Europe during the Roaring ’20s, The Golden Age makes for an original, colourful and dazzling show with its jazzy score and music-hall atmosphere. This ballet – which can only be seen at the Bolshoi – has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes and decadent cabaret numbers. With this passionate love story featuring beautiful duets between Boris and Rita, the Bolshoi dancers plunge magnificently into every stylised step and gesture.

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THE BRIGHT STREAM
Sunday 7 November, 15.00
Running time 2 hrs 30 mins
Music Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto Adrian Piotrovsky and Fyodor Lopukhov
Cast Svetlana Lunkina (Zina), Mikhail Lobukhin (Pyotr), Maria Alexandrova (the Ballerina), Ruslan Skvortsov (the Ballet Dancer), Denis Savin (the Accordionist), Alexei Loparevich (the Old Dacha Dweller)
During harvest festival on a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend, Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina’s husband decide to swap roles for the evening…
Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich’s score, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities (including Principal Dancer Ruslan Skvortsov dressed as a sylph) and many colourful characters! The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in Ratmansky’s brilliantly choreographed smash.
Captured live on 29 Apr 2012

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THE NUTCRACKER
Sunday 18 December, 15.00
Running time 2 hrs 15 mins
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich (after E. T. A. Hoffmann and Marius Petipa)
Cast Denis Rodkin (the Nutcracker Prince), Anna Nikulina (Marie), Andrei Merkuriev (Drosselmeyer), Vitaly Biktimirov (the Mouse King) and the Bolshoi Corps De Ballet
On Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll is transformed into a beautiful prince who takes her on a magical journey. Before they leave, they must confront the Mouse King, whose army is threatening Marie…
Christmas would not be complete without the enchanting tale of young Marie and her nutcracker prince! Danced by the Bolshoi’s principals, Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich’s staging of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s fairy tale will transport children and adults alike to a world of magic and wonder for the holiday season.
Captured live on 21 Dec 2014

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THE SLEEPING BEAUTY
Sunday 22 January, 15.00
Running time 2 hrs 50 mins
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto Ivan Vsevolozhsky and Marius Petipa (after Charles Perrault)
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps De Ballet
On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince can awaken her…In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dreamlike journey through the famous fairy tale, complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince. In the purest style of classical ballet, the Bolshoi’s peerlessly sumptuous staging with luxurious sets and costumes brings Perrault’s tale to life. A must-see!

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SWAN LAKE
Sunday 5 February, 15.00

Running time 3 hrs
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Cast Svetlana Zakharova (Odette/Odile), Denis Rodkin (Prince Siegfried), Artemy Belyakov (the Evil Genius), Igor Tsvirko (the Fool)
By moonlight on the shore of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan-woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his love to her. However, the Prince realises too late that Fate has another plan for him….
A ballet of ultimate beauty, and a score of unparalleled perfection, born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of the white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside Denis Rodkin as a powerful and emotional Siegfried. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
Captured live on 25 Jan 2015

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A CONTEMPORARY EVENING
New production
Sunday 19 March, 15.00
Running time 2 hrs 40 mins
Music Benjamin Britten, Max Richter, Ludwig van Beethoven, Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreography Hans Van Manen, Sol León, Paul Lightfoot, Alexei Ratmansky
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps De Ballet
For one evening, the Bolshoi takes on a bold new challenge in Hans Van Manen’s Frank Bridge’s Variations, Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Short Time Together and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. This encounter between some of the best dancers in the world and the masters of contemporary choreography results in an outstanding synthesis, raising Van Manen’s formal beauty, León and Lightfoot’s intensity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance to a new level.

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A HERO OF OUR TIME
New production
Sunday 9 April, 16.00
Running time 2 hrs 45 mins
Music Ilya Demutsky
Choreography Yuri Possokhov
Libretto Kirill Serebrennikov
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps De Ballet
Pechorin, a young officer, embarks on a journey across the majestic mountains of the Caucasus, on a path set by his passions. Disillusioned and careless, he inflicts pain upon himself and the women around him…
“Give me everything, it is still not enough.” This story based on the larger-than-life hero Pechorin is adapted from Mikhail Lermontov’s literary masterpiece, three separate tales recounting Pechorin’s heartbreaking betrayals. Is he a real hero? Or is he just a man like any other? This brand new production by choreographer Yuri Possokhov is a tragic poetic journey that can only be seen at the Bolshoi.

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