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…
’The Bolshoi Ballet on the Screen’ season to open with one of the greatest romantic ballets.
World Ballet Day Live Returns with a 23-hour live stream hosted by five of the world’s leading ballet companies on Thursday, OCTOBER 1.
For two years in succession a Bolshoi Ballet ballerina has carried off the Positano Léonide Massine Prize for the Art of Dance (in the Dancer of the Year on the International Stage nomination). This time round the prize was won by Bolshoi Theatre ballerina Ekaterina Krysanova!
Summing up the results of the outgoing theatre season, the authoritative German Tanz (Dance) magazine has voted Bolshoi Ballet premier Vladislav Lantratov 2015 Dancer of the Year. Lantratov is in good company: ballerina of the year is Alina Cojocaru, and choreographer — Marco Goecke, (while Company of the Year is Deutsche ballet am Rhein).
Denis Rodkin is promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Maria Vinogradova — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists, Maria Semenyachenko — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Alexander Vodopetov — from Artists to the Soloists.
The flames of Seville will soon be blazing alongside those of Paris (viz., Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet-reconstruction The Flames of Paris) at the Bolshoi Theatre: for on July 15th, Bizet’s opera Carmen will be returning to the repertoire in a new production by Alexei Borodin.
Anna Nikulina, Anastasia Stashkevich are promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Artemy Belyakov — from the Soloist to the Leading Soloist, Denis Savin and Igor Tsvirko — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists; Daria Khokhlova, Yuri Baranov — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Anastasia Vinokur, Angelina Karpova, Ana Turazashvili and Alexander Smoliyaninov — from Artists to the Soloists.
The Bolshoi Theatre’s only school abroad is in Brazil. It was opened in 2000, in the city of Joinville (State of Santa Catarina) with the noble aim of providing a profession to Brazilian children who are cut out by nature for dance and lack the wherewithal to obtain a good education, ballet training included (incidentally, there is no particular tradition of ballet training in Brazil). The education given at the Bolshoi Theatre Joinville school is really good — three of its graduates are already dancing with success as members of the Bolshoi Ballet Company itself. This year the Bolshoi Theatre Joinville School is celebrating its 15th anniversary and at long last the Bolshoi Ballet Company is off on tour to Brazil where it has not been seen for all of sixteen years.
Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, and Tugan Sokhiev, the Theatre’s Music Director and Chief Conductor, attended a press conference at which the Theatre’s plans for its next — 240th — season were presented to the public.
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