Exeter Picture House - Bolshoi Ballet Season 2018 - 2019

Exeter Picture House, 51 Bartholomew Street West, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3AJ

Tel: 0871 9025730

Exeter Picture House - Bolshoi Ballet Season  2018 - 2019


The Bolshoi remains the unshakable reference of ballet today.  The 2018/19 season presents the greatest classics for a cinema exclusive experience featuring the Bolshoi principals and corps de ballet.

Four classical ballets (La SylphideDon QuixoteLa Bayadère and The sleeping Beauty) will be presented along with the beloved Christmas tale The Nutcracker and the jazzy ballet The Golden Age, that can be seen only at the Bolshoi. Carmen Suite-Petruska, Edward Clug’s new creation will close the season, with two very popular characters.



11 November at 3pm : La Sylphide

Duration: 120 min 

Music: Herman Severin Løvenskiold
Choreography: Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville
Libretto: Adolphe Nourrit and Filippo Taglioni

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

On the day of his wedding, the young Scotsman James is awoken with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love… La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in the Danish Bournonville style. Restaged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece.



2 December at 3pm : Don Quixote

Duration: 175 min 

Music: Léon Minkus
Choreography: Alexei Fadeyechev 
Libretto: Marius Petipa after Miguel de Cervantes 

Cast: Ekaterina Krysanova (Kitri), Semyon Chudin (Basilio), Alexei Loparevich (Don Quixote), Olga Smirnova (The Queen of Dryads), Anna Tikhomirova (A street dancer), Kristina Karasyova (Mercedes)

Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful servant Sancho Panza set out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea. Cervantes’ hero comes to life in the Bolshoi's critically acclaimed staging of this exalting performance. With panache and sparkling technique, principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead the spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies, and dryads in virtuosic dancing that is quintessential Bolshoi.



23 December at 3pm : Nutcraker

Duration: 140 min 

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.



20 January 2019 at 3pm : La Bayadere

Duration: 200 min 

Music: Léon Minkus
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto after Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, giving way to heated passions, and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love. La Bayadere is one of the greatest works classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgement set in India. Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ulimate redemption. A must-see!



10 March 2019 at 3pm : Sleeping Beauty

Duration: 170 min 

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto after Ivan Vsevolojski and Marius Petipa

Cast: Olga Smirnova (Princess Aurora), Semyon Chudin (Prince Désiré), Alexei Loparevich (The Evil Fairy Carabosse), Yulia Stepanova (The Lilac Fairy), Vitaly Biktimirov (Catalabutte), Artemy Belyakov (Bluebird), Anastasia Denisova (Princess Florine)

The Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse on her sixtenth birthday, falling into a deep slumber of one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince could break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet perfomed by the Bolshoi, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest.

Captured live on Jan. 22, 2017



7 April 2019 at 3pm : The Golden Age

Duration: 140 min 

Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography: Yuri Grigorovich
Libretto Yuri Grigorovich and Isaak Glikman

Cast: Nina Kaptsova (Rita), Ruslan Skvortsov (Boris), Mikhail Lobukhin (Yashka) and Ekaterina Krysanova (Lyuska)

In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,”, but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka… With its jazzy score by Shostakovich and its music-hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi!


19 May 2019 at 4pm : Carmen Suite & Petrouchka

Duration: 140 min 

Carmen Suite 
Music: Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin
Choreography: Alberto Alonso
Libretto Alberto Alonso after Carmen de Prosper Mérimée

Music: Igor Stravinsky
Choreography: Edward Clug

Cast: The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet

Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet



Adults £22 / Members £17.50 / Students and Retired £17.50 / Student and Retired Members £15.50.  

The show times are the curtain-up time; doors open 15 minutes earlier.
Book in person at the Exeter Picturehouse, on line at www.picturehouses.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0871 902 5730.

For further information ring 01392 285960 or e mail exeter@picturehouses.co.uk

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Exeter Picture House - Bolshoi Ballet Season 2018 - 2019 (7 Apr 2019)
Exeter Picture House - Bolshoi Ballet Season 2018 - 2019 (19 May 2019)

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