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London Ballet Guide

Bolshoi Ballet: The Pharaoh's Daughter (Aug 5-7). Svetlana Zacharova & Sergei Filin
The Bolshoi Ballet

The Bolshoi Ballet are in full force at The Royal Opera House this season. The word Bolshoi conjures up visions of spectacular ballets in the minds of balletomanes worldwide.

During a history spanning more than 225 years, the Bolshoi Ballet’s vast repertoire is linked to a roster of legendary names who, from generation to generation, have remained custodians of their heritage. For the Company’s first London season for five years, under its new Artistic Director, Alexei Ratmansky, audiences are invited to participate in a journey through this illustrious history and to experience some of its most significant moments.

See below for more details:

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House
Romeo and Juliet, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House
Spartacus, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House
Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House
The Pharaoh's Daughter, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House

19th - 21st July 2004

The Bolshoi’s eagerly awaited season at the Royal Opera House opens with Alexei Fadeyechev’s production of Petipa’s sparkling Don Quixote, which received such acclaim during the Company’s last visit to London. With a feast of dazzling choreography, the ballet tells of the love between Kitri and Basil and the fruitless and hilarious attempts of Kitri’s father to engineer his unwilling daughter into a more lucrative match. Drama, comedy, love and virtuoso dancing combine in Petipa’s enchanting classic, restaged for the Company in 1999.
(Approx. running time: 2 hours 55 minutes)

- Sold Out

Romeo and Juliet, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House

26th - 28th July 2004

An electrifying new production of Romeo & Juliet, directed by the brilliant British theatre director Declan Donnellan and choreographed by Radu Poklitaru, will be seen for the first time outside Russia. Set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score, the production embodies all the drama and passion of Shakespeare’s text. From the first fateful meeting of the star-crossed lovers to their untimely and tragic deaths, this most famous of love stories is brought to life in a vivid and intense staging which reveals an entirely new and different face of the Bolshoi Ballet. (Approx. running time: 2 hours)

- Sold Out

Spartacus, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House

29th - 31st July 2004

Spartacus, by Yuri Grigorovich, first took London by storm in 1969. It is a monumentally scaled, spectacular ballet which uses all the size and power of the Company, as well as demonstrating the individual talents of their great artists. Spartacus leads a rebellion of gladiators and slaves against ancient Rome. This epic portrayal of the uprising, with marching battalions, gladiatorial combat and the heroic death of Spartacus, to the famous music of Khachaturian, is now an established classic of the Russian contemporary repertoire. (Approx. running time: 3 hours 8 minutes)

- Sold Out

Swan Lake, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House

22nd - 24th July & 2nd - 4th August 2004

Yuri Grigorovich’s adaptation of this timeless masterpiece expresses all the lyricism, drama and magic that contribute to the unique place that Swan Lake holds in the hearts of ballet audiences everywhere. To Tchaikovsky’s sublime score, Odette’s legendary love for Prince Siegfried is once again affirmed and Siegfried’s fidelity is once again tested, in this memorable production by one of Russia’s foremost choreographers. (Approx. running time: 2 hours 35 minutes)

- Sold Out

The Pharaoh's Daughter, Bolshoi Ballet at Royal Opera House

5th - 7th August 2004

For the first time in this country, the Bolshoi Ballet presents Petipa’s extravaganza, The Pharaoh’s Daughter, in a stunning production by Pierre Lacotte. Recreating the spectacular sumptuousness of the original, the ballet tells the tale of a young Englishman who dreams he elopes with a Pharaoh’s daughter. Despite a desert storm, a lion hunt and an attempted suicide, the couple finally wins the Pharaoh’s blessing to their marriage. From its creation in 1862, Petipa’s grandiose ballet was a sensational success; its stupendous costumes and striking scenery, its exotica, romanticism and drama appealing to audiences as much as the virtuoso choreography. (Approx. running time: 2 hours 50 minutes)

- Sold Out

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