08 November 2012- 14 November 2012
Ivan the Terrible comes back
Premier performances will take place on November 8, 10 (12 noon & 7 p.m.), 11 (6 p.m.), 13 & 14.
The leading parts will be taken by Mikhail Lobukhin, Alexander Volchkov, Pavel Dmitrichenko, Vladislav Lantratov (Ivan the Terrible), Nina Kaptsova, Anna Nikulina, Olga Smirnovа, Maria Vinogradova (Anastasia), Artem Ovcharenko, Denis Rodkin, Yuri Baranov (Prince Kurbsky).
The opening night performance at the Bolshoi, Moscow took place in February 1975. Yuri Vladimirov (Ivan IV), Natalia Bessmertnova (Anastasia), Boris Akimov (Prince Kurbsky) danced the leading parties, Algis Juraitis conducted the first performance. The premiere caused great resonance. That same summer the troupe toured in the USA, where „Ivan the Terrible” created a great sensation and collected innumerable comments from viewers and media. Next year the ballet was staged at the Paris Opera, where it met the same warm reception, and soon it was shown on the stage constructed specifically for this performance in Louvre during the summer season.
The ballet lasted in the repertoire of the Bolshoi till 1990 inclusively, and 99 performances were given all in all. Approximately the same number (may be a little less) were given while touring in France, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Britain and other countries.
Submitted on 16 September 2012, Sunday