Published On: Wed, Jun 3rd, 2015

Bolshoi Ballet sets 2015-2016 cinema schedule: Giselle, Jewels, Taming of the Shrew and Lady of the Camelias

Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live proudly announce the new 2015-16 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season in select U.S. cinemas beginning this October. Four performances, including three new productions, will be screened as Sunday matinees at 12:55 p.m. local time (captured live earlier the same day from Moscow).

Opening the season on October 11 is one of the greatest romantic ballets of all time, GISELLE, followed by George Balanchine’s opulent JEWELS (recorded) on November 15 starring the celebrated young prodigy Olga Smirnova in Diamonds. John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS — which only recently entered the Bolshoi’s repertoire to incredible success — will be performed on December 6, followed by Jean-Cristophe Maillot’s brand new production of Shakespeare’s comedy THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, created specially for the Bolshoi, on January 24, 2016. The series trailer, starring some of the world’s most celebrated dancers including Maria Alexandrova, Vlad Lantratov, Evgenia Obraztsova, Nina Kaptsova and Semyon Chudin, can be seen here.

Giselle ballet photo Bolshoi ballet fathom eventsTickets are available at participating theater box offices and at www.FathomEvents.com. The events will be presented in select U.S. movie theaters across the country through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“Fathom Events is pleased to bring a second season of the Bolshoi Ballet to cinemas. The company’s world-class performances are truly works of art mixed with pure athleticism. The additional behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the artists give audiences an unfiltered look into the world of a Bolshoi Ballet dancer,” said Fathom Events Vice President of Programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens.

The Bolshoi Theatre is one of the world’s greatest stages boasting a company of over 250 dancers including international stars such as Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallberg, Maria Alexandrova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Olga Smirnova, Artem Ovcharenko, Vladislav Lantratov, Semyon Chudin and Denis Rodkin.

“The unparalleled Bolshoi Ballet performances showcase the top dancers currently on stage globally, and we are very proud to continue our work with the company this season,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-President of BY Experience. “The Bolshoi Ballet’s peerless performances will continue to captivate cinema audiences.”

Giselle Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. local time
New Production

The young peasant girl Giselle dies when she learns that the man she loves, Albrecht, has betrayed her. Against her own will, she joins the wilis, vengeful spirits who now turn against Albrecht and condemn him to dance until he dies of exhaustion. This treasure of romantic ballet is one of the oldest and greatest in classical repertoire, touching upon the great romantic themes: a doomed love affair ending in tragedy, a dive into fantasy and ultimate redemption through the power of love. The Bolshoi is renowned for its intimate and emotionally intense interpretation of this beloved drama.

Jewels Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. local time
This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone. With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built an homage of captivating beauty to the three dance schools that had forged his style; each represented by a contrasting jewel: emerald, ruby and diamond. Jewels offers a unique occasion to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorized by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece. Starring Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova, and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

The Lady of the Camellias Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 at 12:55 p.m. local time
New Production

A young bourgeois, Armand Duval, falls madly in love with Marguerite Gautier, a gorgeous courtesan celebrated by the Parisian high society. Despite her infidelity, Armand will do all he can to win the beautiful woman’s heart and convince her to leave her indulgent life. The Bolshoi breathes new life into John Neumeier’s tragic masterpiece, inspired by Alexandre Dumas’ novel and accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score. This production assumes a new emotional and dramatic texture that only the Bolshoi’s dancers can deliver. “Neumeier’s character-rich ballet has found a company that is equal to its challenges” – Financial Times.

The Taming of the Shrew Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 at 12:55 p.m. local time
New Production

Many suitors dream of marrying the lovely and docile Bianca, including Luciento. However her father will not let anyone marry her before her elder sister, the ill-tempered shrew Katharina, is herself married. French choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot lands a coup with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy tailored specifically to the Bolshoi dancers, and achieves a magnetic two hours of breathtaking, nonstop dance unlike any other, portraying the Bolshoi’s audacity and energy in a completely new way. This new production was staged exclusively for the Bolshoi and cannot be seen anywhere else.

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