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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.


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.


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


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.


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


Bolshoi Ballet – Romeo and Juliet

29 & 30 June 2013

Running time: 2h25 with 1 intermission (approx, subject to change)


Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov, Adrian Piotrovsky after the play of the same name by William Shakespeare in Yuri Grigorovich’s version
Music: Sergei PROKOFIEV
Choreographer: Yuri GRIGOROVICH
Assistant choreographer: Vasily VOROKHOBKO
Scenery and costumes: Simon VIRSALADZE
Lighting designer: Mikhail SOKOLOV
Music director: tbc
With the Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Based on the play by William Shakespeare,  Romeo and Juliet is one of the most popular ballets in the world. Nevertheless, its creation was difficult. Originally commissioned by the Leningrad Kirov Ballet in 1934, Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet did not premiere at the Kirov stage until 1940 and at the Bolshoi until 1946. Indeed, the 2 companies first refused the theme, then the steps, which ballet dancers declared indansable and finally, the partition, deemed inaudible. Today, this ballet is now considered to be Prokofiev’s most valued piece of work because of the high melodic inspiration, the great variety of rhythms and the memorable main characters. In 1978, Yuri Grigorovich revived Sergei Prokofiev’s production for the Paris Opera, which opened later at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1979. Today’s choreographic version is a revival of this first production. It premiered on April 21, 2010 at the Bolshoi Theatre. In this version, Shakespeare’s tragedy has become extremely abstract. Shakespeare’s world has been generalized, cleared of everyday matters liberating the stage of any details not connected with the main theme. Grigorovich developed the main character from his personal memories of Natalia Bessmertnova, his very first Juliet (1978), and main inspiration.

To Prince Escalus’ dismay, the rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues brings bloodshed to the city of Verona. Romeo, heir of the Montagues, is distraught as his love for Rosaline is not returned. To console him, his friend Mercutio persuade him to attend the ball Capulet has organised to find possible suitors for his daughter Juliet. Romeo attends the ball incognito at the Capulet house. However, when Romeo meets Juliet, the two fall instantly in love with each other. They are overwhelmed when they discover they belong to two rival families..


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Bolshoi Ballet – Esmeralda

11 & 12 May

Running time, 2 hours 45 minutes (approx, subject to change)

Please note: Esmeralda replaces Wayne McGregor’s new version of The Rite of Spring due to the horrific attack on Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Sergei Filin in January 2013.


Esmeralda: Maria ALEXANDROVA
Pierre Gringoire: Denis SAVIN
Phoebus de Châteaupers: Ruslan SKVORTSOV
Fleur de Lys : Ekaterina KRYSANOVA
With the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Music : Cesare PUGNI
Libretto : Jules PERROT after the novel “Notre Dame de Paris” by Victor HUGO
Original choreography : Marius PETIPA (1886)
Scenography and new choreographic version : Yuri BURLAKA and Vasily MEDVEDEV (2009)
Sets : Alyona PIKALOVA
Costumes : Yelena ZAYTSEVA
Lights : Damir ISMAGILOV
Musical direction : Pavel KLINICHEV
With the Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre

Inspired by Victor Hugo’s famous novel “Notre Dame de Paris”, Esmeralda was first presented in London in 1844. It was then choreographed again by Marius Petipa in 1886 for the Bolshoi. Today’s choreographic version is from Yuri Burklava and Vasily Medvedev and was first presented at the Bolshoi in December 2009.

Poet Gringoire, sentenced to be hanged, is saved in extremis by beautiful Esmeralda who agrees to marry him. Archdeacon Frollo, torn between his love for God and his obsession for the gypsy girl, sends his henchman Quasimodo to capture her. Esmeralda is rescued by Phoebus, the captain of the guard, who gives her his scarf as a souvenir. Later, alone, Esmeralda, starts dreaming about the handsome captain…

Bolshoi Ballet – La Bayadere

30 & 31 March

Running time: 3h30 with 2 intermissions (approx, subject to change)


Music : Ludwig MiNKUS

Libretto: Marius PETIPA and Sergei KHUDEKOV
Choreography: Marius PETIPA
New scenic version: Yuri GRIGOROVICH

With scenes from productions by: Vakhtang CHABUKIANI, Nikolai ZUBKOVSKY, Konstantin SERGEYEV
Sets after sketches by designers of the 1st production (1877) revived by: Valery FIRSOV, Nikolai SHARONOV

Costumes after sketches by designers of the 1st production (1877) revived by: Nikolai SVIRIDCHIKOV
Supervisor of scenery and costumes revival: Valery LEVENTAL
Music director: tbc

With the Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Marius Petipa’s seminal work La Bayadère was first performed at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St.Petersburg in 1877 in a grandiose production portraying a mysterious India and the impossible love between the sacred dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor. A scene from the ballet, known as The Kingdom of the Shades, is one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet, and is considered to be one of the first examples of abstract ballet. Although a major work in Russian tradition, the ballet remained unknown for a long time in the West.

Young warriors led by Solor are hunting. Before entering the forest, Solor sends a fakir to tell bayadère Nikiya (a “Temple Dancer”) that he will meet her later at night. When Nikiya and Solor meet, they swear eternal fidelity to each other.They are unaware that the High Brahmin also in love with Nikiya, overhears them and decides to take revenge. He rushes to reveal this secret to the Rajah who has selected Solor to be the fiancé of Gamzatti, his beloved daughter. Nikiya, unaware of the arrangement, agrees to dance at the couple’s betrothal celebrations.

The jealous High Brahmin -in an effort to have Solor killed and have Nikiya for himself- tells the Rajah that the warrior has already vowed love to the bayadère over. But the Rajah, rather than becoming angry with Solor, vows that Nikiya must die. Gamzatti, who has eavesdropped on this exchange, summons Nikiya to the palace in an attempt to bribe her into giving up her beloved. As their rivalry intensifies, Nikiya picks up a dagger in a fit of rage and attempts to kill Gamzatti. Nikiya is stopped at the last moment and flees in horror at what she has almost done. As did her father, Gamzatti vows that the bayadère must die…


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Bolshoi Ballet – The Pharaoh’s Daughter

16 & 17 February 2013

Running time: 2h55 with 2 intermissions (approx, subject to change)


Libretto by Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Maurice Petipa after the novel Le roman de la momie by Theophile Gautier, version by Pierre Lacotte
Music : Cesare PUGNI
Author of the score’s version: Alexander SOTNIKOV
Choreographer: Pierre LACOTTE (after the ballet of the same name by Marius Petipa)
Designer: Pierre LACOTTE
Music Director: tbc
With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre of Russia
With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

First choreographed by Marius Petipa, The Pharaoh’s Daughter premiered in 1862 in a grandiose show -the likes of which had never seen before- at Petersburg’s Bolshoi Theatre. Immensely popular with the public, The Pharaoh’s Daughter was given several revivals. In 1864, the ballet was transferred from Petersburg to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre. But in Soviet times it was considered to be ideologically immature and, dropped from the repertoire, it was virtually forgotten. In 2000, Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco and he successfully succeeded in giving a new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

Young Englishman Lord Wilson is traveling through Egypt with his servant, John Bull. At the foot of a pyramid, they meet a caravan of Arab merchants who kindly invite them into their tent. Suddenly, a powerful storm breaks out. Travellers and merchants are forced to take shelter in the nearest pyramid. The caretaker requests his uninvited guests to watch the noise they make as Aspicia, the daughter of one of Egypt’s most powerful Pharaohs, lies in a tomb nearby. Settling down in a corner, the merchants light up their opium pipes. Lord Wilson also asks for a chibouk… He falls asleep and begins to have fantastic dreams. The Pharaoh’s daughter, Aspicia, becomes alive and lays her hand over his heart. Lord Wilson is instantly transported into the past where he becomes Ta-Hor, an ancient Egyptian. Ta-Hor and Aspicia fall in love, but she is betrothed to a Nubian king…


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