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) Cast 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 Choreography Yuri Grigorovich Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges Cast 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. 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


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

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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Bolshoi Ballet - La Sylphide

10 & 11 November 2012

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


Music: Herman Severin LØVENSKIOLD Libretto: Adolphe NOURRIT and Filippo TAGLIONI Choreography: August BOURNONVILLE Production and new choreography: Johan KOBBORG Sets and costumes design: Peter FARMER Lighting designer: Damir ISMAGILOV Music director: tba With the Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

La Sylphide is one of the world's oldest surviving romantic ballets. August Bournonville's version is an adaptation of an 1832 French ballet of the same name, which showcased the technique of the great 19th-century ballerina Maria Taglioni, and ushered in a new Romantic era of dance. Bournonville was the first choreographer to recreate La Sylphide and it is his version that has survived – it has been performed regularly by the Royal Danish Ballet since its premiere in 1836 and remains one of his most celebrated works. In La Sylphide, the human realm of a small Scottish community – evoked by traditional folk songs in Herman Løvenskiold's score – meets the spiritual realm of the otherworldly sylphs. James, a classic Romantic hero, is utterly bewitched by a beautiful sylph: although he is unable to touch her, he movingly echoes her movements in his. Bournonville placed a greater emphasis on the narrative in his version of the ballet and developed the characters of the embittered witch and James (a role he danced himself). The Royal Ballet’s production is staged by the Danish choreographer Johan Kobborg, himself steeped in the Bournonville style.

In a Scottish manor-house, on the morning of his wedding, James wakes up  that that, ss and that of hifrom a dream to discover  a beautiful winged sylph before him. Entranced by the vision, he attempts to capture her  but she escapes him and vanishes. During the wedding preparations, James hardly notices Effie; instead she is wooed by Gurn whom she ignores. James joins in the preparations but gradually realizes that his dreams go far beyond the walls of the manor-house and that his obsession with the winged creature risks his own happiness and that of his fiancée Effie.


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Ballet 2012: Raymonda

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July (Check with your local participating cinema for any additional screenings)

Performed by Bolshoi Ballet at the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Choreography and direction: Yuri Grigorovich with original scenes choreographed by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky Music: Alexander Glazunov Set design: Simon Virsaladze Lighting: Mikhail Sorokin With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Ballet in 3 acts

Founded in 1898 at the Mariinsky Theatre, the last ‘grand ballet of the 19th century, Raymonda is a masterpiece which is symbolic of a key period for classical ballet. Although the collaboration between Marius Petipa and Alexander Glazunov was difficult (Petipa was by then an experienced choreographer whilst Glazunov was a novice at creating music for ballet), Raymonda became an overnight success in Russia. This new choreographic version from Yuri Grigorovich dates back from 2003.

Running time: Approximately 4 hours (with 2 intermissions)


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Ballet 2012: Roméo et Juliette

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June (Check with your local participating cinema for any additional screenings)

Performed by l’Opéra national de Paris Choreography and direction: Sasha Waltz (Opéra national de Paris, 2007) Music: Hector Berlioz Set design: Pia Maier-Schriever, Thomas Schenk and Sasha Waltz Costumes: Bernd Skodzig Lighting: David Finn With Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet With Paris Opera Orchestra, conducted by Vello Pähn

Symphonie Dramatique, Op. 17 (1839 Text by Emile Deschamps after William Shakespeare

The legend of the martyred lovers of Verona, immortalised by Shakespeare, is revisited for the Paris Opera Ballet by one of the key figures of contemporary dance, Sasha Waltz. To Berlioz’s dramatic symphony, combining music, song and dance, the choreographer evokes all the emotion inherent in this tragic love story.

Running time: 2 hours


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Ballet 2012: Le Corsaire

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April (Check with your local participating cinema for any additional screenings)

Performed by Bolshoi Ballet at the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Choreography and direction: Original choreography by Marius Petipa, new choreographic version by Alexei Ratmansky Revival:Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka Music: Adolphe Adam, with libretto by Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint Georges and Joseph Mazilier and edited by Marius Petipa With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Ballet in 3 acts and one epilogue

Inspired by a poem by Lord Byron, The Corsair (1814), this ballet was originally created in 1856 for the Paris Opera by Joseph Mazilier. In 1858, Jules Perrot presented his version at the Bolshoi Theatre, the version in which Marius Petipa danced. When he became a choreographer, Marius Petipa remained in charge of all choreographic versions until the beginning of the 20th century. In 2007, Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burklava created a new choreographic version which remains to this day, the most sumptuous of all.

Running time: Approximately 3 hours (including 2 intermissions)


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Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake in 3D





“A must-see” The Arts Desk

“Stunning” The Daily Telegraph

“With 3D the magic of space in dance is released from the bottle.” The Arts Desk

When it premiered at Sadler’s Wells in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant reinterpretation of SWAN LAKE turned tradition upside down, taking the dance world by storm. Now, Australian cinema audiences can watch this modern day classic for the first time in stunning digital 3D, accompanied by state of the art surround sound.

A new version of this iconic production, perhaps best–known for replacing the traditional female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, was filmed in 3D at Sadler’s Wells, London in 2011. The stellar cast includes the magnificent Richard Winsor as the lead Swan/Stranger, Dominic North as The Prince and Nina Goldman as The Queen. Breathtaking in its drama and intensity, filming in 3D creates an illusion of space around the dancers, drawing you onto the stage and bringing a dramatic realism to the story.

With more than 30 international theatre awards including three Tonys and an Olivier, Swan Lake has been acclaimed as a landmark achievement on the stage, becoming the longest running ballet in the West End and on Broadway.

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE IN 3D will be released in Australian cinemas nationally on May 5 & 6. Tickets on sale NOW



Director and Choreographer - Matthew Bourne Set and Costumes - Lez Brotherston Lighting Design - Rick Fisher Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor - David Lloyd Jones The New London Orchestra


The Swan/Stranger - Richard Winsor The Prince - Dominic North The Queen - Nina Goldman The Girlfriend - Madelaine Brennan The Private Secretary - Steve Kirkham The Young Prince - Joseph Vaughan


VIC: Cinema Nova, Hoyts Melbourne Central, Village Rivoli Cinemas, Village Southland, Palace Balwyn, Palace Dendy Brighton, Hoyts Chadstone, Yarra Ranges Arts Centre

NSW: Hayden Orpheum Cremorne, Dendy Opera Quays*, Event Cinemas Bondi Junction, Hoyts Broadway, Hoyts Penrith, Event Cinemas Castle Hill, Event Cinemas Hornsby, Greater Union Newcastle, Dendy Byron Bay, Arcadia Twin Ulladulla

ACT: Dendy Canberra, Greater Union Manuka

QLD: Palace Barracks, Dendy Portside, Hoyts Stafford, Event Cinemas Indooroopilly, Noosa 5 Cinemas

SA: Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas, Event Cinemas Marion

WA: Luna Cinema Paradiso, Hoyts Carousel

*Alternate screening date, check with cinema for session times


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MORE REVIEWS (3D cinema performance of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake)

‘The resulting performance, when viewed in 3D, is both slick and stunning. The impact of the vibrant staging remains undiminished; if anything it’s more powerful – the illusion of space created around the dancers allows the audience deeper into the action; the movement and speed of the dancers, filmed from high above to uncomfortably low down, brings tension and immediacy; and the use of extreme close-up shots draws the viewer into Bourne’s narrative dance, enhancing the reality of the characters and the engagement with his dramatic storytelling.’ Rachel Ward, The Daily Telegraph

‘For the millions of fans of Bourne’s iconoclastic 1995 ballet, with its House of Windsor royal family jokes, its gorgeous feathered male swans, and its breathtakingly emotional finale, this will be a must-see. The 2010 lead swan, Richard Winsor, has as much magnificent charisma as the original, Adam Cooper, Nina Goldman is a languidly chilly Queen, and the 3D treatment of the space created within Lez Brotherston's smartly theatrical designs brings an immediacy in experiencing dance in theatre that will reach countless numbers who can never see it on stage.’ Ismene Brown, The Arts Desk

REVIEWS (Staged production of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake)

Sensational” - The New York TimesSEE IT or live to regret it” - The London IndependentMesmerizing. It should not be missed” - Associated Press "Highly imaginative, full of laughs, yet powerful emotionally.” - WQXR “Dance just got all sexypants”  - New York Post “A truly stunning achievement” - am NEW YORKOne of the most audacious, visually stunning, and moving works created for the stage.”  - Theatermania



Astaire Awards for best dance on Broadway 1999: Best male performance: Adam Cooper Special Recognition Award for Concept, Direction and Choreography: Matthew Bourne Tony Awards 1999: Best Musical Direction: Matthew Bourne Best Choreography: Matthew Bourne Best Costume Design: Lez Brotherston Outer Circle Critics Awards for Broadway Season 1999: Best Musical Direction: Matthew Bourne Best Choreography: Matthew Bourne Best Costume Design: Lez Brotherston Drama Desk Awards for Broadway Season 1998/99: Best Musical Direction: Matthew Bourne Best Choreography: Matthew Bourne Best Musical Stage: Lez Brotherston Best Costume Design: Lez Brotherston Best Theatrical Event: Swan Lake Drama League Awards for Los Angeles Season 1997: Musical Direction:  David Frame Best Performance: Adam Cooper Best Performance: Scott Ambler Director: Matthew Bourne Producer: Katherine Dore Costumes & Stage: Lez Brotherston Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award 1997: Best Choreography: Matthew Bourne


The South Bank Show Award 1997 Matthew Bourne for Swan Lake The Evening Standard Ballet Awards 1997 Adam Cooper Best Performance Society of West End Theatres Olivier Award 1996 Best New Dance Production Time Out Dance Award 1996 Adam Cooper Best Performance The Manchester Evening News Award 1996 Best Dance Production on Tour Gay Times Readers Poll 1996 Most Amazing Live Show Time Out Dance Award 1996 AMP Special recognition for West End season Swan Lake

Ballet 2011-2012: The Sleeping Beauty

Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February (Check with your local participating cinema for any additional screenings)

Performed by Bolshoi Ballet at the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre of Russia

Choreography and direction: Original choreography by Marius Petipa, new choreographic version by Yuri Grigorovich Music: Pytor Illyitch Tchaikovksy, directed by Vassily Sinaisky with libretto by Ivan Vsevolzhsky and Marius Petipa Set design: Ezio Frigerio Costumes: Franca Squarciapino With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet

Ballet in 2 acts based on a story written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm

Created for the Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg, The Sleeping Beauty first opened in January 1890. Marius Petipa created brilliant soloist steps for the choreography which are among the most accomplished pieces of the classical repertoire. The ballet quickly became a huge success across the world and has also emerged as his masterpiece. This new choreographic version from Yuri Grigorovich dates from 1973.

At the christening of princess Aurora, the evil fairy Carabosse throws a terrible curse upon her and predicts that she will prick her finger and die on her sixteenth birthday. Fortunately, the Lilac Fairy who has not yet offered her gift, lessens the curse: Aurora will be plunged into a deep sleep for a hundred years but will be awakened by a prince’s kiss. The fateful birthday arrives and the king and queen urge the beautiful princess to choose a husband. Having forgotten about diabolical Carabosse they do not notice that, disguised as an old woman, Carabosse is approaching Aurora...

Running time: Approximately 3 hours (including one intermission)


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