28 July 2014, Monday
Bolshoi Ballet on at the cinema
The time has come for the Bolshoi Ballet entrance at the summer theatre festival which presents the best theatre performances of England, Canada, Metropolitan Opera and Bolshoi theatre on the screen. "Bolshoi Ballet in the cinema" opens with the performance "La Sylphide" that can be seen on the movies in Russia, Saint-Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Ekaterinburg, and other Russian cities, as well as in Kazakhstan. The show are scheduled for July 29th and 30th. Our partner for this project - CoolConnections art-group - has already published a detailed schedule in all cities, countries and cinemas.
There are many reasons to watch this ballet for both ballet fans and "neophytes":
1.The plot, absolutely romantic and even "unearthly", is, however, utterly applicable to life where the relationship between dreams and reality is built approximately in the same manner. A cliché "wings of the dream" acquires a visible expression here: a dream is represented as the aspect of a winged maiden for whom it is quite appropriate both to walk on the ground on foor and fly in the air (and, consequently, to be a ballerina). But one needs only to touch her with a finger, and her wings drop, and the dream perishes.
2. This is one of the oldest extant ballets, and it is no coincidence, of course. The genius Danish choreograper August Bournonville found a harmonious stage impersonation for a story that is really proper for ballet. The Royal Danish Theatre has been gently maintaining this performance in its repertoire since 1836. But one does not have to go to Danemark to watch the ballet, since it has already become part of the world heritage long ago, just like "Giselle" or "The Sleeping Beauty". The present Bolshoi performance was directed by an outstanding Dane, the danseur Johan Kobborg who was the 29th executor of the main party in the Danish ballet (while the first one was the maestro Bournonville himself). He taught Bolshoi dancers the filigree, fine dancing techniques and perfected pantomime with them, which really and truly spoke the language that does not require translation.
3. Main parties were executed by splendid Bolshoi ballet company dancers - they are both very qualified and very artisitc. They are those who recently experienced the triumph of Bolshoi ballet "The Taming of the Shrew" world premiere - Ekaterina Krysanova (the Sylph), Vyacheslav Lopatin (James), Denis Savin (Gurn), the fascinating Anna Rebetskaya (Effie) and the charming, but insidious Irina Zibrova (Old Madge).