Monday 29 July-Saturday 17 August 2019
29 | 30 | 31 July
1 | 9 | 10 August 7.30pm
10 August 2pm
The Bolshoi Ballet return to the Royal Opera House, beginning with Yuri Grigorovich’s Spartacus, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre, performing Khachaturian’s thrilling music.
This sensational staging, first performed in London in 1969, is a Bolshoi classic, displaying the energy and power of the company’s male dancers.
Spartacus leads his rebellion of gladiators and slaves against the rule of empire in ancient Rome – an epic uprising that brings marching battalions, mortal combat and heroic death scenes.
Photo: Denis Rodkin
2 | 3 | 5 | 6 |12 | 13 | 14 August 7.30pm
3 August 2pm
The Bolshoi Ballet’s enchanting production of Swan Lake is a masterpiece of lyricism, drama and magic.
It was created by Yuri Grigorovich, former director of the Bolshoi and an esteemed choreographer in his own right, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s celebrated 1895 production. Set to Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, this timeless favourite embodies all the elements that have made Swan Lake the world’s best loved ballet, as the forces of evil attempt to thwart the love between the swan-princess Odette and her Prince Siegfried.
Photo: Ekaterina Krysanova and Artem Ovcharenko
7 | 8 August 7.30pm
Alexei Ratmansky’s vibrant staging of The Bright Stream combines acrobatics, disguise and farce, in a kaleidoscopic showcase of the Bolshoi Ballet’s spectacular vitality.
Set to Shostakovich’s colourful score, this celebration of folklore, joy and love, brings the Bolshoi Ballet’s heritage to the stage. Ratmansky rediscovered Shostakovich’s score in 1995, and brought the ballet to the stage in 2003.
This mischievous comedy is a non-stop festival of dance for young and old alike.
Photo: Irina Yatsenko and Denis Savin
15 | 16 | 17 August 7.30pm
17 August 2pm
The Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote, brilliantly staged by Alexei Fadeyechev, brings together breathtaking displays of virtuoso dancing and enchanting choreography. It perfectly conveys the excitement, colour and wit of Cervantes’s masterful novel in a merry, high-spirited account of the love between Kitri and Basil.
The lovers must overcome all Kitri’s father’s attempts to engineer his unwilling daughter into a more lucrative match – and, with the help of Don Quixote, they win the day.
Photo: Anna Tikhomirova
Principal dancers include:
Ekaterina Krysanova, Anna Nikulina, Ekaterina Shipulina, Margarita Shrainer, Olga Smirnova, Yulia Stepanova, Maria Vinogradova, Svetlana Zakharova
Artemy Belyakov, Semyon Chudin, Mikhail Lobukhin, Artem Ovcharenko, Denis Rodkin, Ruslan Skvortsov, Igor Tsvirko, Ivan Vasiliev
(Subject to change)