The next best thing to watching Bolshoi Ballet on stage, is watching a high-definition screening of their performances. Performances of the veteran Russian ballet company will be screened at the NCPA between January and June 2020. Here’s the line-up.
Raymonda is a three-act show that follows the eponymous protagonist, who’s betrothed to a nobleman Jeanne De Brienne. He joins the Hungarian king Andrei’s crusade and disappears. Abderakhman, a Saracen knight offers her power and riches in return for her hand. On Raymonda’s rejection, a jilted Abderakham attempts to abduct her. De Brienne reappears, and following King Andrei’s suggestion, the two men duel for Raymonda’s favour.
When: Tuesday, January 21 at 6.30pm.
‘Romeo and Juliet’
Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is choreographed by former American dancer, Alexei Ratmansky.
When: Tuesday, March 3 at 6.30pm.
Arguably the most popular classical ballet, Swan Lake was composed by Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and first performed at Bolshoi Theatre in 1887. In this four-act ballet, Odette, the swan queen, and Prince Siegfried fall in love. But Von Rothbart, a sorcerer, comes in the way of their love.
When: Tuesday, April 28 at 6.30pm.
This romantic two-act ballet (pictured above) tells the story of a young, shy peasant girl, Giselle. She dies prematurely and her ghost protects the man she loves, Albrecht from a clan of vengeful spirits in the forest.
When: Thursday, May 21 at 6.30pm.
Jewels is a unique three-part classical ballet without narrative. It was created for New York City Ballet by co-founder and choreographer George Balanchine. The performance is inspired by three precious stones, emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Faure, Stravinsky and Tschaikovsky have respectively composed music for each of the three parts.
When: Friday, June 5 at 6.30pm.
Where: Dance Theatre Godrej, NCPA, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point.