The tour opened on July 25 with Don Quixote – known as the most ‘Muscovite’ of all the classical ballets. It was first produced by Marius Petipa at the Bolshoi in 1869 since when, it has occupied pride of place in the Bolshoi repertoire. Don Quixote is one of the most popular items in the Theatre’s touring programs.
Bolshoi Theatre Opera soloists Olga Kulchinskaya (soprano) and Bogdan Volkov (tenor) carried off two of the prizes at one of the world’s most prestigious singing competitions – the 2016 Operalia.
The Bolshoi’s 240th season winds up with the première of the dramatic legend La Damnation de Faust. This is the Company’s first ever staging of a work by Berlioz.
In addition to its relays in cinemas and on the internet, this summer the Bolshoi is to initiate open air transmissions of its productions. To this purpose, a special screen has been erected on the famous eight-columned façade of the Theatre’s historic Main Stage which will provide all those standing in the square with an unparalleled opportunity of communing with the arts. The only thing that can prevent members of the public from enjoying the show is the rain….
English TV film Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom, in which the title role is danced by Bolshoi Ballet principal Artem Ovcharenko, nominated for a BAFTA.
The Bolshoi Theatre and the BSS Group announce the launching of The Theatre’s official Video Channel.
Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Tugan Sokhiev, the Theatre’s Music Director and Chief Conductor, and Makhar Vaziev, Ballet Director, attended a press conference at which the Theatre’s plans for its next — 241st — season were presented to the public.
We give for your attention the texts which were drawn up for the press conference.
The Dance Open International Ballet Festival, which this year celebrates its 15th jubilee, has just ended in St. Petersburg. The 2016 Dance Open Grand Prix was awarded to the Bolshoi principals Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin. Both dancers have already been honoured at this Festival: in 2013, Smirnova carried off the Miss Expressivity award and in 2014 Chudin - the Mister Virtuoso award. The authoritative international jury was headed this year by choreographer Hans van Manen.
The Bolshoi Theatre new version of Don Quixote, one of the most famous Moscow style ballets is to be shown on the world wide screen.
Olga Smirnova is promoted from Leading Soloist to Principal Dancer.
Ballet for Christmas Eve! This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.
The first and, to-date the only, baroque opera produced at the Bolshoi (1979) was George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and now, making amends for the ‘baroque’ hiatus in its repertoire, the Bolshoi turns again to Handel’s music – for just the second time in its history. The choice of Rodelinda is symbolical: for in the 20th century it was this opera that marked Handel’s return to popularity in theatre.
The Bolshoi Ballet is the first Russian Company to win an ECA (Event Cinema Association – an international company promoting events on the screen) award. We share our award with our partner Pathé Live which helps us screen our productions worldwide (the last ‘direct hit’ was last night when movie audiences all over the world attended a ‘live’ performance of the Bolshoi’s production of Lady of the Camellias). The ECA’s Bronze Box Office Award is given when audiences for a particular event reach the one hundred thousand mark and over. We have achieved this twice: at the beginning of 2015 one hundred and ten thousand movie goers watched the Bolshoi’s Nutcracker and one hundred twenty thousand - our Swan Lake.
Whatever she thought up, however many remarkable artists she managed to gather round her, the main treat of every Maya Plisetskaya Gala Evening was always Maya Plisetskaya herself in person. Her look, walk, dance, hint at dancing, the way she took a curtain call, the light flowing from her eyes, her formidable energy fueled by the rapturous reception she aroused in the auditorium – this was what was important and riveted the audience’s attention…
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