The Bolshoi Ballet Series
The Bolshoi Ballet Series
D Films and Cineplex offer a unique opportunity to screen magnificent presentations of LIVE performances from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow broadcast in High-Definition (HD) with digital surround sound. The first of the four-part series kicks off on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at 11 AM ET with a LIVE broadcast from Moscow of the seasonal favourite, Tchaikovsky’s THE NUTCRACKER. The ballet draws on all the imagination and fantasy of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story of Christmas Eve, when young Clara creeps downstairs for one of her presents, but instead, finds herself at the start of a night of magical adventures. Choreography is by Yuri Grigorovich and stars Nina Kaptsova as Clara and Artem Ovcharenko as The Nutcracker / The Prince.

The Bolshoi Ballet lineup also includes:

Sunday, January 23, 2011, 11am EST
Two ballets in 2 acts From the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
Running time TBD

A quintessential romantic ballet, Giselle recounts the moving story of a peasant girl whose everlasting love transcends death. The New choreographic version is by Yuri Grigorovich and music by Adolphe Adam.

Created in the early 1960s, Class Concert is a gloriously romanticized version of the ballet class that dancers do every day. From exercises at the barre to displays of beauty and strength center stage, Asaf Messerer’s entertaining circus of a ballet zips through the most difficult combinations with glee and brings panache to the most basic. This production is staged by Mikhail Messerer, the choreographer’s nephew. The music, a compilation including Glazunov and Shostakovich, is a cornucopia of melody, played superbly by the Bolshoi Orchestra. Starring Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova

Sunday, March 6, 2011, 11am EST
A stunning production, based on the epic masterpiece by Miguel de Cervantes, was originally created for the Bolshoi by Marius Petipa in 1869. The choreography is by Alexei Fadeyechev and music by Ludwig Minkus.

Sunday, May 29, 2011, 11am EST
In this joyous and witty version written by George Balanchine, a beautiful mechanical doll threatens the happiness of two lovers... The original choreography by Marius Petipa is recreated by Sergei Vikharev. Music is by Leo Delibes.