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Birmingham Hippodrome (March 28 - April 1)
Salford, The Lowry (April 4 - 8 )
Nottingham Royal Concert Hall (April 10 -15)
Southampton, The Mayflower (April 18 – 22)
The Bolshoi Ballet - one of the world’s great dance companies – embarks on a major regional tour of the UK next Spring (March 28 – April 22, 2006) visiting four important British cities – Birmingham, Salford, Nottingham and Southampton - in as many weeks.
The Company is presented in association with impresario Victor Hochhauser who first brought the company to Britain some forty years ago.
Audiences at Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry, Salford and The Mayflower in Southampton will see two of the most enduring classics in the Bolshoi’s repertoire – Yuri Grigorovich’s beautiful and psychologically penetrating production of the greatest of all ballets, Swan Lake and Spartacus, his celebration of male dancing at its most spectacular. The Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham hosts performances of Giselle and a Gala Programme designed as a showcase for the Bolshoi’s finest artists and its matchless corps de ballet.
With its new Artistic Director Alexei Ratmansky at the helm, this legendary company of 220 artists and the illustrious Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, is at the top of its form.
Male dancing at its most spectacular
Spartacus is a ballet that has become indelibly associated with the Bolshoi’s virtuosic style. Created by Yuri Grigorovich and danced to Khachaturian’s thrilling score, this epic adventure story first took London by storm in 1969. The ballet tells the story of a Roman slave’s fight for freedom, as he leads a rebellion of gladiators and slaves against the might of ancient Rome.
Grigorovich’s choreography fills the stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict, giving full expression to the virility and strength for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned.
“Sensational…the action is swept along by the charged currents of Khachaturian's music” **** The Guardian on Spartacus
“Huge themes, big music and awesome dancing..the scale and volume of the dancers left you reeling.” The Evening Standard on Spartacus
Unalloyed joy, precision and brilliance
Yuri Grigorovich’s classic 1969 version of Swan Lake, revised in 2001, retains much of Petipa and Ivanov’s original choreography and respects the integrity of Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Placing Prince Siegfried and his inner demons centre stage, the production has been praised for its penetrating psychological insight, as well as for the distinction of Simon Virsaladze’s design - hailed as a masterpiece of 1960’s Gothic.
When the company brought the production to London’s Royal Opera House in 2004, the Bolshoi’s ravishing female corps de ballet melted the hearts of many a critic in the famous lakeside ‘white’ acts.
“The corps de ballet dance with precision and brilliance, rank after fabulous rank of them, and the ensemble pieces are an unalloyed joy” **** The Guardian on Swan Lake
Love, betrayal, madness, redemption
Giselle is Petipa’s enduring ballet of love, betrayal, madness and redemption.
Long a favourite in the Bolshoi’s repertory, it was revised in 1997 by Vladimir Vasiliev who turned to the legendary ballerina Galina Ulanova as consultant. It is this version, warmly received by British audiences when the Bolshoi brought it to the London Coliseum in 1999, that the company will present in Nottingham.
Ballet’s finest moments
A chance to see some of the Bolshoi’s finest artists and its supreme corps de ballet in some of ballet’s finest moments
The programme, which has been put together especially for Nottingham, will include Act III of Swan Lake and Act II of Spartacus, and a series of sparkling pas de deux, including Le Corsaire and Don Quixote.
March 28 – April 1, 2006
Tues Mar 28 7.30pm Spartacus (press night)
Wed Mar 29 7.30pm Spartacus
Thurs Mar 30 7.30pm Swan Lake
Fri Mar 31 7.30pm Swan Lake
Sat April 1 2.30pm Swan Lake
Sat April 1 7.30pm Swan Lake
Tickets: £22.50 - £75 (transaction charge 6%; 3% online); concessions available- enquire when booking
Box Office: 0870 730 1234 (natnl call rates apply) or book online at www.birminghamhippodrome.com
SALFORD THE LOWRY
April 4 – 8, 2006
Tues April 4 7.30pm Spartacus
Wed April 5 7.30pm Spartacus
Thurs April 6 7.30pm Swan Lake (press night)
Fri April 7 7.30pm Swan Lake
Sat April 8 2.30pm Swan Lake
Sat April 8 7.30pm Swan Lake
Tickets: £25 - £80
Box Office: 0870 787 5793 or book online at www.thelowry.com
NOTTINGHAM ROYAL CONCERT HALL
April10 – 15, 2006
Mon April 10 7.30pm Giselle (press night)
Tues April 11 7.30pm Giselle
Wed April 12 7.30pm Giselle
Thurs April 13 no performance
Fri April 14 7.30pm Gala Performance (press night)
Sat April 15 2.30pm Gala Performance
Sat April 15 7.30pm Gala Performance
Tickets: £20 - £65 (plus concessions for Friends of Royal Centre, under 16’s, over 60’s, registered unwaged, students and groups. Concessions do not apply in Tier 2 or for Sat 7.30pm performance).
Box Office: 0115 989 5555 or book online at www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk
SOUTHAMPTON THE MAYFLOWER
April18 – 22, 2006
Tues April 18 7.30pm Spartacus
Wed April 19 7.30pm Spartacus
Thurs April 20 7.30pm Swan Lake
Fri April 21 7.30pm Swan Lake
Sat April 22 2pm Swan Lake
Sat April 22 7.30pm Swan Lake
Tickets: £20 - £65
Box Office: 023 8071 1811 or book online at www.the-mayflower.com
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE BOLSHOI BALLET
The Bolshoi was formed in 1776 by English entrepreneur Michael Maddox and Prince Urusov, a patron of the arts, before being taken over by the Imperial Government in 1806.
It was in the late 19th century that the Company first made its indelible mark staging the first performances of Petipa’s great full-length classics Don Quixote and Swan Lake. Under Alexander Gorsky (1871-1924) the Bolshoi’s style of highly dramatic action woven into the dance, innovative stage designs, and symphonic music, was developed.
Alexander Gorsky was followed by Leonid Lavrovsky (1905-1967) as Artistic Director in 1944. He continued producing a mixed repertoire of classics and modern works thrilling audiences worldwide with highly spectacular and heroic productions such as Spartacus (1968) and The Golden Age (1982).
During a history spanning more than 225 years, the Bolshoi Ballet’s vast repertoire is linked to generations of legendary names. Under the Bolshoi’s new artistic director, Alexei Ratmansky, supported by his company of soloists and corps de ballet who have been trained in the great tradition of the imperial Russian ballet, audiences are invited to participate in a journey through its illustrious history and to experience some of its most significant moments.
The present Bolshoi Theatre which was opened in 1825 is one of the most famous theatres in the world. The dominating 2000-seat theatre is adorned with a massive eight-column portico topped by Apollo in his chariot. Some much-needed renovations are now being carried out as the Bolshoi Theatre undergoes major post-Soviet refurbishment work.