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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: Ivan the Terrible

Ivan the Terrible

Screening from June 20, 2015

Music Sergei Prokofiev
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.

Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatises Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigour, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colours of medieval Russia.

Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.

Running time: 2 hours 15 mins approx

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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Screening from March 28, 2015

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

At the palace, the royal family and their guests are gathered for Prince Siegfried’s birthday celebrations. In a majestic ceremony, Siegfried is made a knight; young girls try to attract his attention, as he must choose a wife during the ball. Overcome by the sudden awareness of his future responsibilities, he escapes into the night and meets a strange flock of swans by a magical lake.

White swan by day, human by night, the beautiful Odette awaits an oath of true love to break the curse. The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterised by elegance, style and harmony.

With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried, and will no doubt be performed to perfection by the unparalleled virtuosity of Russia’s great Bolshoi Ballet. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.

Running time: 2 hours 40 mins approx

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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

Screening from February 7, 2015

Music Piotr Tchaikovsky
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich
Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a strange toy: a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all the toys magically come to life. The nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his mouse army.

Based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker is one of the greatest classics in the world. With iconic music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil.

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.

Running time: 2 hours 20 mins approx

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Bolshoi Ballet only in cinemas: The Legend of Love

The Legend of Love

Screening from December 13, 2014

Music Arif Melikov
Libretto Nâzım Hikmet
Original choreography Yuri Grigorovich
Cast The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shyrin, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shyrin her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.

Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

Running time: 3 hours approx

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Bolshoi Ballet: Marco Spada

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.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Lost Illusions

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

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

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.


PARTICIPATING CINEMAS ACROSS AUSTRALIA

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

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



LA SYLPHIDE

10 & 11 November
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THE PHARAOH’S DAUGHTER

16 & 17 February
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LA BAYADERE

30 & 31 March
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ESMERALDA

(replacing The Rite of Spring)

11 & 12 May
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ROMEO ET JULIET

29 & 30 June
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PARTICIPATING CINEMAS ACROSS AUSTRALIA

VICTORIA
Cinema Nova
Village Cinemas Rivoli
Palace Dendy Brighton
Sorrento Athenaeum

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

ACT
Dendy Cinemas Canberra

QUEENSLAND
Dendy Portside
Palace Centro

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas

WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Luna Windsor Cinemas, Nedlands

TASMANIA
MONA – Museum of Old & New Art


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