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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2003 10:03 am 
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<small>Anna Antonicheva as Kitri in Don Quixote; image by I.Zaharkin</small>

<big><big> Big, Beautiful Bolshoi</big></big>

by Cassandra

July, 2004 -- London




It’s almost half a century since the Bolshoi conquered London and subsequently the world, led by the immortal Ulanova, but with every visit since they have presented us with fresh marvels and if the company image has appeared a little battered in recent years it certainly hasn’t affected performances. In spite of recent bad publicity, the company is currently on a roll, with the Paris season of a few months ago proving an absolute triumph against all the odds.

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<small>The Bolshoi Ballet: Svetlana Zacharova & Sergei Filin
in Petipa’s "The Pharoah's Daughter", Credit: I. Zaharkin</small>

PRESS RELEASE
April, 2004

PUBLIC BOOKING OPENS ON TUESDAY, APRIL 27 FOR THE BOLSHOI BALLET’S GREATLY ANTICIPATED LONDON SEASON AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

(The Bolshoi Ballet at the Royal Opera House: July 19 – August 7, 2004
presented by VICTOR HOCHAUSER)

Public booking opens at the Royal Opera House on Tuesday, April 27 for the greatly-anticipated season by one of the World’s top ballet companies – The Bolshoi Ballet. The Russian company’s three-week season from July 19 – August 7 is presented by Victor Hochhauser, who brought them to London some forty years ago.

There is enormous public interest in the Bolshoi’s visit to London – its first major London season in the capital since 1999 - and eager fans are expected to stake out at Covent Garden’s Box Office well before it opens for business at 10am on April 27.

The Bolshoi brings five full-length ballets to London, including two recent acquisitions to the Bolshoi’s repertoire – a vivid and intense staging of Romeo & Juliet from the celebrated British theatre director Declan Donnellan which reveals the Company in an entirely new light - and Pierre Lacotte’s brilliantly-realised production of a rarely performed Petipa ballet, The Pharaoh’s Daughter, which conjures up the mysteries of ancient Egypt with lavish spectacle and gorgeous costumes.

The repertoire also includes the Bolshoi’s exuberant production of Don Quixote and two striking Grigorovich productions: his majestic Swan Lake and the mighty Spartacus, a celebration of male dancing at its most spectacular. It is a ballet which has become indelibly associated with the Bolshoi’s virtuosic style.

The Bolshoi’s London season includes over 220 artists, including the illustrious Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, and a host of superb soloists including senior artists Nina Ananiashvili, Nadezhda Gracheva, Galina Stepanenko, Svetlana Zakharova; Dmitri Belogolovtsev, Sergei Filin and Andrei Uvarov. Amongst the gifted younger generation are Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Mark Peretokin, and Denis Savin.

Box Office: 020 7304 4000
Online booking: www.royaloperahouse.org
Further information: www.victorhochhauser.co.uk

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Tel: 0207 401 6694 mobile: 0794 1137453
e-mail: fidelisuk@aol.com

THE BOLSHOI BALLET at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2

19 July to 7 August 2004

Week 1
Mon 19 July 7.30pm Don Quixote
Tue 20 July 7.30pm Don Quixote
Wed 21 July 2.00pm Don Quixote
Wed 21 July 7.30pm Don Quixote
Thu 22 July 7.30pm Swan Lake
Fri 23 July 7.30pm Swan Lake
Sat 24 July 2.00pm Swan Lake
Sat 24 July 7.30pm Swan Lake

Week 2
Mon 26 July 7.30pm Romeo & Juliet
Tue 27 July 7.30pm Romeo & Juliet
Wed 28 July 2.00pm Romeo & Juliet
Wed 28 July 7.30pm Romeo & Juliet
Thu 29 July 7.30pm Spartacus
Fri 30 July 7.30pm Spartacus
Sat 31 July 2.00pm Spartacus
Sat 31 July 7.30pm Spartacus

Week 3
Mon 2 August 7.30pm Swan Lake
Tue 3 August 7.30pm Swan Lake
Wed 4 August 2.00pm Swan Lake
Wed 4 August 7.30pm Swan Lake
Thu 5 August 7.30pm The Pharaoh’s Daughter
Fri 6 August 7.30pm The Pharaoh’s Daughter
Sat 7 August 2.00pm The Pharaoh’s Daughter
Sat 7 August 7.30pm The Pharaoh’s Daughter


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2004 1:00 am 
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April 11, 2004

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Bolshoi - A Month in Summer

The Bolshoi Ballet (based in Moscow) has had to yield pride of place in recent years to the Kirov (based in St Petersburg). Changes of leadership, political and artistic, made the Bolshoi a dodgy prospect for foreign impresarios. This summer, the Hochhausers, who first presented the company in London 40 years ago, bring it back to the Royal Opera House for a three-week season under its new director, Alexei Ratmansky.
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Press Release and Official Casting for the Bolshoi's London Season

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE BOLSHOI BALLET's LONDON SEASON, PRESENTED BY VICTOR HOCHHAUSER

Royal Opera House, London: July 19 – August 7, 2004

Casting for the Bolshoi Ballet's greatly-anticipated London season at the Royal Opera House, presented by Victor Hochhauser (July 19 – August 9, 2004), has now been announced and details aree listed below. Maria Alexandrova, who has recently been confirmed as a Principal Dancer, opens the season (Monday, July 19) in the role of Kitri in Don Quixote, partnered by Sergei Filin, dancing the role of Basil.

Ms. Alexandrova is also seen later in the season in a very different role – that of Juliet in Declan Donnellan's radical new version of Romeo and Juliet. Her Romeo on the opening night (Monday, July 26) is Denis Savin.

Svetlana Zacharova, who joined the Bolshoi last year from the Kirov in St. Petersburg, dances the leads in the opening nights of Swan Lake (Thursday, July 22) and The Pharaoh's Daughter (Thursday, August 5). In Swan Lake she is partnered by Andrei Uvarov and in The Pharaoh's Daughter by Sergei Filin.

The opening night of Spartacus (Thursday, July 29) – a ballet indelibly associated with the Bolshoi's virtuosic style – boasts a stellar line-up of established Bolshoi Principals – <Dmitri Belogolovtsev in the role of Spartacus, Anna Antonicheva as Phrygia and Nadezhda Gracheva as Aegina, together with newcomer Alexander Volchkov as Crassus.

The Bolshoi, under its new Artistic Director Alexei Ratmansky, has announced several other promotions within the company. Dmitri Gudanov is promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer; Ruslan Skvortsov becomes a Leading Soloist and Alexander Vorobiev becomes a Soloist.

Bolshoi Casting

Week 1

19/7 Don Quixote Alexandrova-Filin
20/7 Don Quixote Stepanenko-Uvarov
21/7 Don Quixote Shipulina-Belogolovtsev
21/7 Don Quixote Rijkina-Klevtsov

22/7 Swan Lake Zakharova-Uvarov
23/7 Swan Lake Stepanenko-Filin
24/7 Swan Lake m Shipulina-Volchkov
24/7 Swan Lake Zakharova-Uvarov

Week 2

26/7 Romeo & Juliet Alexandrova-Savin-Klevtsov-Medvedev
27/7 Romeo & Juliet Meskova-Godovsky-Peretokin-Petukhov
28/7 Romeo & Juliet m Alexandrova-Savin-Klevtsov-Medvedev
28/7 Romeo & Juliet Meskova-Godovsky-Peretokin-Petukhov

29/7 Spartacus Belogolovtsev-Antonicheva-Volchkov- Gracheva
30/7 Spartacus Klevtsov-Petrova-Neporojny-Stepanenko
31/7 Spartacus m Belogolovtsev-Antonicheva-Volchkov-Gracheva
31/7 Spartacus Klevtsov-Petrova-Neporojny-Allash

Week 3

2/8 Swan Lake Zakharova-Uvarov
3/8 Swan Lake Gracheva-Skvortsov
4/8 Swan Lake m Allash-Neporojny
4/8 Swan Lake Antonicheva-Gudanov

5/8 Pharaoh's Daughter Zakharova-Filin
6/8 Pharaoh's Daughter Gracheva-Skvortsov
7/8 Pharaoh's Daughter m Alexandrova-Gudanov
7/8 Pharaoh's Daughter Zakharova-Filin

Casting as advised 25.6.04. May be subject to change.


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While everyone is champing at the bit for the start of the Bolshoi visit, here is a Gallery of images backstage at The Bolshoi from Marc Haegeman:

http://www.for-ballet-lovers-only.com/Backstage.html


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Flash, brash and back
The Bolshoi is fired up to erase the dire memories of its last UK tour. By Debra Craine for The Times:


LIKE ITS scruffy old theatre in Moscow, the Bolshoi Ballet is undergoing a transformation. It has a young new director, a new performing space in Moscow, and the prospect of its old home, the Bolshoi Theatre, having the redevelopment it so desperately needs.

It doesn’t stop there. The repertoire is being overhauled too. The Bolshoi has joined the Balanchine bandwagon; Western choreographers are being invited to work with the company; new ballets are being commissioned.

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I have just received notification of two cast changes for Don Quixote as follows:

Tue 20 July Evening Don Quixote Svetlana Zakharova / Andrei Uvarov

Wed 21 July Evening Don Quixote Galina Stepanenko / Yuri Klevtsov


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Press release:

The Bolshoi Ballet informed us that Alexander Volchkov has a leg injury and is unable to take part in the London season. He will be replaced by Ruslan Skvortsov in Swan Lake 24 July matinee.

And he will be replaced by Mark Peretokin in Spartacus 29 July and 31 July matinee.

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By CHARLOTTE HIGGINS
The Guardian
July 19, 2004

When the Bolshoi Ballet dances on to the stage of the Royal Opera House tonight, launching its first serious London season since 1999, hopes will be high that the occasion will mark the start of a new era for the company.
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By ISMENE BROWN
The Daily Telegraph
July, 19 2004

The Bolshoi Ballet is coming to London, and among its offerings of timeless classics and Bolshoi specials is an old ballet with the intriguing and unfamiliar name, The Pharaoh's Daughter.
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Tonight one of my dreams will be fullfilled. A couple of years ago when I saw Maria Alexandrova during the 'Stars of the Bolshoi' season at the Drury Lane Theatre I thought to myself 'To see her in a full lenght Don Q would really be something.' and tonight I will get my wish.
Judging from her performance in the Don Q Pas de Deux back then I am sure that Kitri is definitely one of 'her' roles.

There is also so much else to look forward to. I think it is great that they are bringing 3 productions we have either not seen in London yet or which are rarely performed here. Does any other company actually dance Spartacus? And then there is the new modern Romeo and Juliet and of course the by all accounts lavish production of Pharao's Daughter.

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From Bloomberg.com,

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Bolshoi Ballet Bring `Don Quixote,' Soviet Swans to Royal Opera
July 19 (Bloomberg) -- The Bolshoi Ballet has always been a flashy company.
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From the Guardian Unlimited,

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As its London season opens, the troubled ballet's artistic chief reveals a new direction

Charlotte Higgins, arts correspondent
Monday July 19, 2004
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Impressions from the Bolshoi season launch Press Conference
Monday 19th July '04


This morning the beginning Bolshoi Ballet season at the ROH was introduced by Lilian Hochhauser, Anatoly Iksanov, the General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, the recently appointed Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet Alexei Ratmansky and Alexander #### the Representative of RUSAL the official sponsor of this year's Bolshoi Ballet London season.

Lilian Hochhauser stated that she was very proud to be able to present the company in London once again. Victor Hochhauser had first brought the Bolshoi Ballet to London in
1963. She hoped that audiences would enjoy today's stars as much as audiences back then enjoyed the opportunity to see stars like Plisetskaya, Liepa, Maximova and Vasiliev.

According to Anatoly Iksanov it is of great importance to the Bolshoi Theatre to establish partnerships with the leading European opera houses. For that reason he was especially pleased to return to the Covent Garden stage after an absence of 18 years and to present classical traditional productions like Swan Lake and Spartacus as well as new original productions like Pharao's Daughter and Romeo and Juliet, which had been created in an unique partnership between the English stage director Declan Donnellan and the Moldovan choreographer Radu Poklitaru.

Alexei Ratmansky gave an overview of the Principals and Soloists that would appear during the next 3 weeks. The line up included the recently promoted Principal dancers Alexandrova, who would open the season in Don Quixote, and Gudanov who would dance in Swan Lake and Spartacus. The more experienced ballerinas Stepanenko and Gracheva and male dancers Filin and Uvarov would appear in London again. Unfortunately Tsiskaridze was still recovering from an injury and was not able to dance for that reason. Svetlana Zakharova who joined the Bolshoi Ballet from the Kirov last year just like Ulanova had done many years ago would appear in Don Q, Swan Lake and Pharao's Daughter. Ratmansky said he was looking forward to how her Kirov style would develop in Moscow. In response to a question he explained that Svetlana Lunkina was still on maternity leave and would hopefully be back dancing at the start of the new season in Moscow,

Ratmansky also talked briefly about the repertory and said that Don Q which had been first staged for the Bolshoi showed of the company's style at its best. He was also very pleased that the new production of Romeo and Juliet had given the dancers a chance to express themselves in a new and very different way. The Bolshoi Theatre had now a second smaller stage for experimental work. The company had already staged a mixed bill with 3 new works by young choreographers last May and planned a choreography workshop in November.

RUSAL, Russia's biggest Aluminium producers, supports the Bolshoi's international touring programme as part of a comprehensive social responsibility programme that includes support for the arts, schools, hospitals and environmental as well as sporting activities.


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By ZOE ANDERSON
The Independent
July 22, 2004

"I want to protect and develop the Bolshoi's unique style," says Alexei Ratmansky, the new director of the great Moscow company. "And I want as many new productions as possible."
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