The hearts of ballet lovers will sing when Ster-Kinekor Cinema Nouveau presents The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2018/2019 season. Prepare to be mesmerized when watching these exquisite dancers come alive on the big screen.
The season presents the greatest classical ballets for a cinema-exclusive experience, with grace, elegance and unmatched technical skills.
When it’s Bolshoi Ballet, you know the dancers will not disappoint, whether performing the oldest surviving ballet in history – the romantic masterpiece La Sylphide (new), the full splendour of classics such as The Sleeping Beauty (encore), The Nutcracker (new) and La Bayadere (new), and fiery free-spirited characters in ballets such as Carmen Suite (new) – double teamed with Petrushka (new), Don Quixote (encore) and The Golden Age (encore), there is no other company quite like the Bolshoi Ballet to perform these exquisite story ballets.
Don Quixote – from 24 November, 2018
Love is everywhere and beyond when Don Quixote kickstarts the Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2018/2019 season with a journey to find true love. Don Quixote of La Mancha and his servant Sancho Panza set off to meet Don Quixote’s ideal woman, Dulcinea. Cervantes’ hero comes to life in this critically acclaimed staging of this intensifying performance. The panache and sparkling technique is evident as principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead a spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies, and dryads in Bolshoi style.
Duration: 2h55, interval 15 minutes
The Nutcracker (new production ) – from 8 December, 2018
The magic begins when Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince. Soon her other toys come alive, and Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy adventure. A holiday tradition for the whole family, The Nutcracker sweeps the Bolshoi stage for hours of enchantment and fantasy. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, The Nutcracker is timeless and not to be missed!
Duration: 2h20, interval 15 minutes
La Sylphide (new production): from 5 January, 2019
La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in the Danish Bournonville style. It’s a whimsical tale of an ethereal winged creature called a Sylph. The story surrounds a young Scotsman James, who on his wedding day, is awoken by a kiss from the mystical and graceful creature Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. Restaged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.
Duration: 2 hours, interval 15 minutes
La Bayadere (new production) – from 23 March, 2019
Set in India, this ballet is filled with passion and murderous intrigue when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love. La Bayadere is one of the greatest works classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgement set in India. Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer and warrior’s doomed love, and their ultimate redemption.
Duration: 3h20, interval 15 minutes
The Sleeping Beauty – from 13 April, 2019
Doom replaces celebration when Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse on her 16th birthday, falling into a deep sleep for 100 years. A resplendent fairy tale ballet performed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent”- The Telegraph. Classical ballet doesn’t get finer than this.
Duration: 2h50, interval 15 minutes
The Golden Age: From 25 May 2019
Beautiful tangos of men in love in the roaring 1920’s is the atmosphere captured here. The Golden Age cabaret is a favourite night-time venue and during the merriment, a young fisherman Boris, falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realises that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,”, but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka. With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and accurately portrays the 1920 s era. This is an historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!
Duration: 2h20, interval 15 minutes
Carmen Suite/ Petrushka – from 22 June, 2019
Love is complicated, but its angst has a magnetic attraction to ballet fans. Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one-act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya captivates alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of enchanting Russian ballet.
Duration: 2h20, interval of 15 minutes
If you’re a hopeless romantic and appreciate adagio, allegro, or are entranced by pirouettes, these beautiful ballet renditions of timeless classics, brought to you by some of the most talented ballet composers and dancers of our time, then this season is a must see!
Ster-Kinekor Nouveau theatres for 2018/2019 Bolshoi Ballet season
Cinema Nouveau Rosebank
Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn
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Cinema Nouveau V & A Waterfront
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