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Rock, Blues and Avant-garde in the Bolshoi Theatre
20.10.2011 12:27
Rock, Blues and Avant-garde in the Bolshoi Theatre

The Bolshoi Theatre continues its 236th season with three one-act ballets "Chroma", "Rubies" and "Symphony of Psalms", staged by world-famous choreographers, presenting a modern face of the greatest Russian ballet stage.

      "Chroma" is a minimalist modern ballet with music by rock band The White Stripes, created by famous British choreographer Wayne McGregor. The work examines the relationship between psychology and physicality with robust, limbflinging movement. 

      The decorations for the ballet consist only of a white box and a color-shifting back panel, which is very unusual for the Bolshoi Theatre famous for his traditional 19th century style. Morevoer, in place of lavish costumes, dancers appear in simple nude leotards. The ballet involves the best performers, including Bolshoi principal Svetlana Lunkina and lead soloist Yan Godovsky.

      “It’s a fantastic time for the Bolshoi to be experimenting with very modern choreography,” McGregor told Agence France. “They have these incredible dancers who can really do anything, so why not explore it," he added.

      The Bolshoi Theatre had repeatedly faced criticism for its fidelity to traditional works. But now, having such premiers as "Chroma" or Angelin Preljocaj’s avant-garde ballet “And then, One Thousand Years Peace. Creation 2010” which opened the season last year, the Bolshoi express its readiness to leap into the 21st century.

      “Chroma” will be presented in a modern triple header with Czech choreographer Jiri Kilian’s breakthrough 1978 “Symphony of Psalms” and George Balanchine’s playful “Rubies.”

      You can see the full information about the Bolshoi Theatre's perfomances on its official site. (English version is available)



Sources: News Rambler MN The Moscow News Image: London Dance


Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Russian ballet the Bolshoi Theatre Russian theatres ballet  

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