Fans of dance have an exceptional schedule of live performances to look forward to over the next few months. S & K Entertainment have arranged transmission of 6 major works, 3 of them ‘Encore’ performances in response to popular demand, direct to the Wellesley Cinema from Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.
‘Legend of Love’ opens the Bolshoi season. Based on an Oriental fable, the narrative takes place in the Middle East and is a powerful story of beauty, love, jealousy and sacrifice. It has received critical acclaim as ‘a stunning ballet’ on making a return to the Bolshoi’s repertoire after a 10 year absence. Audiences in Wellington will be present at the premier performance on Sunday 26th October.
‘Pharoah’s Daughter’ follows on Sunday 23rd November. Described as ‘epic and beautiful’ it tells the story of English lord touring Egypt who gets caught in a sandstorm and takes shelter in a pyramid. This ‘sumptuous and elegant’ ballet demands a cast of over 250 dancers which few companies other than the Bolshoi can draw on.
‘La Bayadere’ on Sunday 7th December may be more familiar to English audiences. Reviewing a recent production of this work, one critic said, “La Bayadère is one of the ballets I recommend to people who have never seen ballet before. It has high drama, exquisite tragedy and fabulous costumes.” It tells the story of impossible love between temple dancer Nikiya and warrior Solor set against the backdrop of legendary India. Bolshoi principal Svetlana Zakharova stars in the leading role of a ballet acclaimed as ‘heart-stoppingly lovely’.
‘The Nutcracker’, one of the greatest classical ballets, comes to Wellington on Sunday 21st December. With music by Tchaikovsky, and enchanting sets and costumes, this beautiful tale explores the universal themes of love, power and evil. On Christmas Eve, Marie is given a wooden nutcracker carved in the shape of a little man. At midnight, when the celebrations are over, all her toys magically come to life. The Nutcracker grows to human size and takes charge of the tin soldiers, flying to the rescue of Marie, who is threatened by the Mouse King and his army.
This promises to be a genuine Christmas treat for the whole family. Early booking is recommended.
The season continues in 2015 with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on 8th March and ‘Ivan the Terrible’ on Sunday 19th April.
All screenings apart from ‘Ivan the Terrible’ are at 3pm to allow for the time difference between Moscow and the UK. Details of the whole ‘LIve’ programme and booking information can be found on www.wellesleycinema.co.uk.