The Bolshoi Ballet has announced a three-week residency at the Royal Opera House in summer 2016. The Moscow-based company will perform at Covent Garden over three weeks in July and August.
London audiences will have a chance to see their productions of Don Quixote, Swan Lake, The Taming of the Shrew, The Flames of Paris and Le Corsaire.
Dancers scheduled to perform include The Royal Ballet’s Natalia Osipova, who will perform as chief guest artist with the Bolshoi. Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Olga Smirnova, Svetlana Zakharova, Semyon Chudin, David Hallberg, Denis Rodkin, Vladislav Lantratov and Ruslan Skvortsov are also scheduled to appear.
July 25, 26, 27, 28, 2016 7.30pm
Ekaterina Krysanov, Andrei Merkuriev
The Bolshoi season opens with the London premiere of a dazzling new restaging by Alexei Fadeyechev of Petipa’s magnificent Don Quixote. Breathtaking displays of virtuoso dancing and enchanting choreography perfectly convey the excitement, colour and wit of Cervantes’ masterpiece in a merry, high-spirited account of the love between Kitri and Basil who must overcome all Kitri's father's attempts to engineer his unwilling daughter into a more lucrative match.
July 29, 30 7.30 pm
July 30 2pm
August 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 7.30pm
The Bolshoi’s spellbinding adaptation by Yuri Grigorovich of Swan Lake, based on Petipa and Ivanov’s great choreography, is a masterpiece of lyricism, drama and magic. Set to Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score, this timeless favourite embodies all the elements that have made Swan Lake the world’s best loved ballet, as the forces of evil attempt to thwart the love of the swan-princess, Odette, for Prince Siegfried.
The Taming of the Shrew
August 3,4 7.30pm
Olga Smirnova, Artemy Belyakov
Acclaimed choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s fast-paced, athletic production is a perfect vehicle for the superb strengths of the Bolshoi. Set to all that is witty and lighthearted in Shostakovich’s music, Shakespeare’s brilliantly entertaining depiction of the clash between two feisty individuals is perfectly conveyed in this vibrant production, as independent, tempestuous Katharina is ‘tamed’ by the boorish Petrucchio.
The Flames of Paris
August 5, 6 7.30pm
August 6 2pm
Renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s captivating revival of Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris returns to London following its great success last visit. Set to Boris Asafiev’s powerfully evocative music, the ballet contains one of the most stunning pas de deux in the ballet repertoire. A drama of intrigue, love and tragedy unfolds against the background of the tumultuous era of the French Revolution.
August 11, 12, 13 7.30pm
August 13 2pm
Anna Nikulina, Anna Tikhomirova
The Bolshoi’s stunning staging of Le Corsaire is a reworking by Alexei Ratmansky of Petipa’s legendary exotic grand classic and has become one of the Company’s most acclaimed productions. Conspiracy, love, deception, kidnapping, a harem and a magnificent, dramatic shipwreck combine to give spectacular expression to the remarkable passion, virtuosity and strength of the entire Company.