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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Screening from May 7, 2016

Music Leon Minkus
Libretto Marius Petipa (after Miguel de Cervantes)
Choreography Alexei Fadeyechev (after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky)
The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Cervantes’ eccentric hero Don Quixote leaves on journey full of adventures with his loyal squire Sancho Panza in search of his perfect woman. On the way he meets Kitri, the dazzling daughter of an innkeeper who he thinks might be his ideal love…

The Bolshoi’s panache and excellence are combined in Fadeyechev’s critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance with Leon Minkus’ famous score. Featuring brand new sets and costumes to accompany this colourful and technically challenging production, Don Quixote is quintessential Bolshoi, abounding with life and not to be missed!

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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Screening from April 16, 2016

Music Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography Jean-Christophe Maillot
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Lucentio. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katherina, 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 Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else!

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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: The Lady of the Camellias

The Lady of the Camellias

Screening from March 12, 2016

Music Frédéric Chopin
Choreography John Neumeier
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

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.

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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: Giselle


Screening from February 27, 2016

Music Adolphe Adam
Yuri Grigorovich
Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges
The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

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.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Marco Spada


Screening on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 May 2014

[Replaces The Golden Age]

Music:Daniel-François-Esprit Auber
Original choreography: Joseph Mazilier (1857)
New choreography, sets and costumes: Pierre Lacotte (2013)
With the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de ballet

The bandit Marco Spada cheerfully plunders the surrounding region just under the nose of the Governor. He hides his identity carefully and raises his daughter Angela in a castle. Completely unaware of his double life and his clandestine activities, Angela is concerned about her love situation. She longs for Prince Frederici but is shattered when she discovers she may not be able to marry him as he is already engaged…

Recently added to the Bolshoi’s repertoire (November 2013), this “swashbuckling” ballet, rarely presented previously, now sees its rebirth on the stage of the famed theatre. Re-created specifically for the Bolshoi by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte, “Marco Spada, or the Bandit’s Daughter” is a grandiose and unique ballet both on a technical and dramatic level: complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, several changes in scenery, the participation of nearly all the Corps de ballet, and even the presence of animals on stage. With its scenes of pantomime, devilish intrigue, rejected suitors, kidnapping heroines, rebellion, and lovers misunderstandings, Marco Spada is a fresh and joyful ballet not to be missed.


Bolshoi Ballet: Lost Illusions


Screening on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 March 2014

Music Leonid Desyatnikov
Choreography Alexei Ratmansky
Dramaturgy consultant Guillaume Gallienne
With the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Lucien, a young provincial and budding composer, sets to conquer the Parisian scene in search of glory. Quickly, his success blinds him and he betrays his friends and his love …

Based on French writer Honoré de Balzac’s novel, Lost Illusions is a new ballet, created in Moscow in 2011 by Alexei Ratmansky with dramaturgy reviewed by French actor, writer and director Guillaume Gallienne. This stylised adaptation of the novel for the stage, blends thwarted love, ambition and disillusionment with 19th century Paris as a backdrop.


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Bolshoi Ballet – Jewels


Screening on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 February 2014

Music Gabriel Fauré (EMERALDS)
Music Igor Stravinsky (RUBIES)
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (DIAMONDS)
Choreography George Balanchine
With the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Inspired by New York’s 5th Avenue famous jewellery shops, this triptych is a tribute to women and to the cities of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg.

Choreographed in 1967 in New York City, this ballet with precious stone and jewel-like costumes, celebrates the three cities and three dance schools which forged the elegance, aesthetic and style of choreographer George Balanchine. Emeralds was conceived as a poetic tribute to the French romantic school, Rubies to the American tradition of Broadway musicals, whilst Diamonds honours the virtuosity of classical Russian dancers.


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Bolshoi Ballet – Sleeping Beauty


Screening on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 December 2013

Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Original choreography Marius Petipa
New version Yuri Grigorovich
With Svetlana Zakharova (Princess Aurora), David Hallberg (Prince Desiré)

(Originally screened in 2012)

Cursed at birth by evil fairy Carabosse, Princess Aurora descends into a deep slumber on the day of her 16th birthday. Only the kiss of a prince will awaken her …

Based on Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty has been hugely successful since its premiere in 1890. Marius Petipa’s masterpiece – involving a beautiful princess, enchantment of sleep and a handsome prince – is one of the most popular and accomplished choreographic works in the classical repertoire. The new version by Yuri Grigorovich will captivate the whole family and fairy tale-lovers during the Christmas season.


VIC: Cinema Nova, Village Cinemas Rivoli, Palace Dendy Brighton, Sorrento Athenaeum

NSW: Cremorne Orpheum, Palace Chauvel Cinema, Event Cinemas Castle Hill, Riverside Theatres Parramatta, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Palace Byron Bay, Cinemax Cinema Kingscliff, Greater Union Newcastle

QLD: Palace Centro, BCC Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza, BCC Pacific Fair, BCC Toowoomba Strand

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Event Cinemas Marion

WA: Luna Windsor Cinemas Nedlands

TAS: MONA – Museum of Old & New Art


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Bolshoi Ballet – Spartacus


Screening on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2013

Music Aram Khachaturyan
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
With the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Captured by the Roman army, Spartacus and Phrygia are condemned to slavery. After becoming a gladiator, Spartacus foments a legendary rebellion…

This grandiose epic recounts the exploits of the legendary slave who became a gladiator. Spartacus is one of the most famous works by Khachaturyan and is considered one of the greatest ballets in the Bolshoi repertoire since the 1960s. A production with spectacular choreography and scenery, it is Yuri Grigorovich’s version that remains the most critically acclaimed.


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Bolshoi Ballet 2012-2013 new season


10 & 11 November
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16 & 17 February
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30 & 31 March
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(replacing The Rite of Spring)

11 & 12 May
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29 & 30 June
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Cinema Nova
Village Cinemas Rivoli
Palace Dendy Brighton
Sorrento Athenaeum

Cremorne Orpheum
Dendy Opera Quays
Palace Chauvel Cinema
Riverside Theatre Parramatta
Palace Byron Bay
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

Dendy Cinemas Canberra

Dendy Portside
Palace Centro

Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

Luna Windsor Cinemas, Nedlands

MONA – Museum of Old & New Art