The Bolshoi is one of the world’s great powerhouses of classical ballet.
Even after the intrigue and scandal that has dogged it in recent years, the company – now under new-ish director Vladimir Urin and brand-new ballet director Makhar Vaziev – continues to look as sharp as a razor, its dancers demonstrating, as ever, the grand, dramatic, “bolshoi” (“big”) performance style that has long been its calling-card.
Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have been able to snaffle tickets for this summer’s Covent Garden residency – or indeed ever to have made it over to Russia to see the company at its central-Moscow home – there is now a tempting alternative.
This autumn and winter, several of the Bolshoi’s core productions – from those 19th-century staples The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake to Alexei Ratmansky’s The Bright Stream, and several contemporary works – will be broadcast live into British cinemas from the recently restored Bolshoi theatre, just up from Red Square.
Not only will this allow you to catch this centuries-old company for a fraction of the price of a Covent Garden ticket; you won’t have to fork out, either, for the punitive cost of a Moscow hotel, or indeed get to grips with the no-less-punitively involved application form for a Russian visa.
Which is to say that, for anyone with an even passing interest in dance, this coming season is a thrilling prospect indeed.
- Bolshoi Ballet will be broadcast to cinemas around the UK. Find your closest cinema and book tickets at bolshoiballetcinema.co.uk