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.