Teatro Bolshoi

Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre is a symbol of Russia for all time. It was awarded this honor due to the major contribution it made to the history of the Russian performing arts. This history is on-going and today Bolshoi Theatre artists continue to contribute to it many bright pages.

Teatralnaya ploschad, 1 (Theatre Square, 1), Moscow, Russia View Address
1740 people
Vladimir Urin View Director
1856
Tugan Sokhiev View Art director
Dance
Bolshoi Theatre
Dmitri Shostakovich
Pavel Klinichev, Yuri Grigorovich

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the great 20th century choreographer, Yuri Grigorovich, The Bolshoi Theatre brings back to life The Golden Age.
The ballet was first presented at the Kirov Theatre in 1930, with, as its central theme, the battle and triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie. Surprisingly, the score by Dmitri Shostakovich raised political controversies, and consequently, the ballet vanished from the theaters until 1982, when Yuri Grigorovich restaged it with sets by Simon Virsaladze and a completely new libretto with a love story as its central focus. The conflict in the original production was recast as a clash between fishermen – the idealistic and morally superior workers – and society’s criminal elements.

 

Revived thirty-four years later with great artists of the new generation of the Bolshoi Ballet interpreting the lead roles, as Nina Kaptsova, Mikhail Lobukhin or Ruslan Skvortsov, the ballet finally made history.

Dance
Bolshoi Theatre
Leo Delibes
Marius Petipa, Bolshoi Ballet

The Bolshoi's unique version of Coppélia showcases a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th-century choreography of this exuberant comedy involving a feisty heroine, a youthful fiancée with a wandering eye and an old dollmaker. The company's impressive corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and the famous "dance of the hours", and its leads abound with youthful energy and irresistible humour in this effervescent production.

 

 

With the collaboration of Naxos

Dance
Bolshoi Theatre
Piotr I. Tchaïkovsky / A. Webern
Roland Petit, Bolshoi Ballet

"Cards are everywhere: they are not only in people’s hands, they are on the ceiling, the walls and, most importantly, they are in their minds and hearts. They are the fate of each man, holding out the promise of success or despair and madness. How to get the better of the verdict of fate? How to become the master of your own life? How to learn to sacrifice that simple happiness that you already possess for the sake of an unrealistic love? Love of gambling that, maybe, will make you into a superman." Roland Petit

 

Roland Petit was not satisfied of his version of Pushkin’s master piece The Queen of Spades he created 25 years ago for Mikhaïl Baryschnikov. When the direction of the Bolshoi Ballet asked him a new version of this ballet, Roland Petit read again the novel and wrote a new libretto. For the music, he chose a russian musical monument Symphony n°6 “Pathétique” by Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky.

 

And so Roland Petit created for the two best dancers around the world (Nikolay Tsikaridze et Ilze Liepa) magnificient and dramatic duets wich are the central episodes of the ballet. For the choreographer, their dance gives rise to a remarkable effect: "it will seem to you that Tchaikovsky’s music itself becomes especially pure and penetrating". La Dame de Pique reminds him of "a corrida during which both parties die – the bull and the toreador."

 

With the collaboration of Naxos

Dance
Bolshoi Theatre
Ludwig Minkus
Marius Petipa, Yuri Grigorovich, Bolshoi Ballet

Marius Petipa’s decisive work La bayadère was first performed at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in Saint 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.

 

Living ballet legend, Yuri Grigorovich, created this version for the Bolshoi Theatre in 1991. Nikiya, a temple dancer, has secretly sworn her eternal love to Solor, a noble warrior. When she rejects the attentions of the High Brahmin, he is furious and determines to have Solor killed.

 

With the collaboration of Naxos

 

Dance
Bolshoi Theatre
Piotr Illitch Tchaïkovski
Yuri Grigorovich, Bolshoi Ballet

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.
With wonderful ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, one of the most beautiful Odette / Odile of the time, Denis Rodkin, Artemy Belyakov and Bolshoi Ballet.

 

With the collaboration of Naxos

Dance
Bolshoi Theatre
Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky
Bolshoi Ballet, Marius Petipa, Yury Grigorovich

First staged in 1973 by legendary choreographer Yury Grigorovich, this new version of The Sleeping Beauty, by Marius Petipa to the music by Tchaikovsky, is the first ballet performed on the newly reconstructed historical stage of the Bolshoi.

 

To make the fairytale come true, Yury Grigorovich and Italian set designer Ezio Frigerio work their fingers to the bone. As the curtain lifts, you find yourself literally in a 17th-century palace with rich decoration. Over 400 new costumes were specially tailored under the designs of Oscar-winning Franca Scuarcciapino, and will blind the most demanding public with glitter.

 

The production stars the world renown Svetlana Zakharova as Princess Aurora and David Hallberg as Prince Désiré.

 

With the collaboration of Naxos