The Bolshoi Ballet
Moscow’s treasure has never been better – with stunning performances of Swan Lake and La Bayadère.
- Jun. 11 - 16, 2002
- Opera House
- $45.00 - $95.00
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The Glory of the Bolshoi! An evening of performances
by the Ballet, Opera Soloists and Chorus of The Bolshoi
Theater - June 11
MINKUS/PETIPA - "The Kingdom of the Shades" from La Bayadère
(Anna Antonicheva, Nikolai Tsaskaridze)
BORODIN - Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
TCHAIKOVSKY/GRIGOROVICH - Pas de deux from Swan
(Nadezhda Gracheva, Andrei Uvarov)
TRADITIONAL "Blazhen Muzh" (Blessed Man)
Stanislav Lykov, Conductor
Vladimir Matorin, Bass
VERDI "Va, pensiero" from Nabuco
HÉROLD/ASHTON - Pas de deux from La Fille mal gardeé
(Nina Kapzova, Denis Medvedev)
MASCAGNI Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
MINKUS Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote
(Anastasia Volochova, E. Ivanchenko)
MUSSORGSKY Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov
Swan Lake - June 12 and 15
Virtually every company has performed at least part of Swan Lake, but only the Bolshoi can claim to have done it first, in 1877. It was choreography by Petipa that turned the original into the world's best-loved ballet, which has been finely honed by this company ever since. The Bolshoi's latest production returns to the genius of Petipa's version, and the crucial role of Odette/Odile perfectly showcases the strength of the Bolshoi's prima ballerinas.
La Bayadère - June 13, 14, and 16
"If you don't enjoy La Bayadere," Clive Barnes said, "you don't really enjoy ballet." This story ballet incorporates a stunning ballet blanc with a panorama of white tutus that stirs the soul. Petipa turned to India for inspiration, choreographing a story of torid love, untimely death, and a visit to the underworld. The ballet was long hidden from the West, with the full-length version surfacing only in 1980 to retake its place among the great ballets.
- Anatoliy Iksanov
- Boris Akimov
News and Reviews
Review - Russia's Bolshoi, Making the Music Dance
- About Ballet at the Kennedy Center
- About Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Series for Artistic Excellence at the Kennedy Center
- Bolshoi Ballet's company website View the history of the Bolshoi Ballet, profiles of its dancers, and more.