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On Sunday, March 19, Fathom Events will high-beam the Bolshoi Ballet to movie theaters around the world—and while we tend to associate the Bolshoi with 19th century classics, this time we’ll see their more versatile side. “A Contemporary Evening,” recorded from a performance earlier that day in Moscow, includes two ballets originally created on New York City Ballet:  Jerome Robbins’ The Cage (about a female tribe of man-eating insects) and Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons. But it won’t be completely devoid of tutus—Harald Lander’s Etudes rounds out the program, with plenty of bravura.

This will be the first time the Bolshoi has tackled The Cage, staged by NYCB ballet master Jean-Pierre Frohlich. (He recently talked to the New York Times about the challenges of staging this hyper-stylized ballet on the Russian company.) But with Ekaterina Krysanova as the Novice, it’s bound to be a thrilling performance. She’s not the only major Bolshoi star featured – casting for the entire program is listed below. To find theaters and show times near you, go to fathomevents.com.

The Cage:

The Novice: Ekaterina Krysanova

The Queen: Yanina Parienko

First Intruder: Nikita Kapustin

Second Intruder: Alexander Vodopetov

 

Etudes:

Ballerina: Olga Smirnova

Principal Dancers: Semyon Chudin, Artem Ovcharenko

 

Russian Seasons:

Couple in Yellow/White: Yulia Stepanova, Vladislav Lantratov

Couple in Red: Ekaterina Krysanova, Denis Savin

Couple in Green: Anna Nikulina, Anton Savichev

Couple in Blue: Anna Okuneva, Dmitry Dorokhov

Couple in Violet: Victoria Litvinova, Artur Mkrtchyan

Couple in Claret Red: Victoria Yakushev, Mikhail Kochan

 

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Zakharova in Swan Lake. Photo by B. Stoess, Courtesy Bolshoi.

Mark your calendars! This Sunday, the Bolshoi Ballet, in partnership with Fathom Events, kicks off its 2016-17 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema Series. Between now and April, seven Bolshoi productions will be high-beamed to movie theaters around the world (400 in the U.S. alone), giving ballet lovers a chance to see the legendary company on the big screen.

 

In addition to standard classics like The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, this season is book-ended by two uniquely Russian ballets not performed by other companies, starting with Yuri Grigorovich’s The Golden Age on October 16. Set in a cabaret during the Roaring 20s, The Golden Age is a Soviet love story between Boris, a young fisherman, and Rita, a dancer with connections to a local gangster. Yuri Possokhov’s A Hero of Our Time, based on the great Russian literary classic of the same name, closes out the season in April.

 

In an exclusive interview, Pointe spoke with Bolshoi prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova about what it’s like to perform for the camera.

 

What is it like backstage when you know you’re being filmed live?

I feel a great amount of stress because I know so many people are watching. I get so nervous and tired that it takes me a week to recover afterwards! Although it doesn’t really matter if it is a regular performance or a live streaming—I always get nervous beforehand. But once I step onstage and start getting into my character, I don’t have any more worries. I’m just dancing and enjoying the show.

 

Zakharova with Ruslan Skvortsov in A Hero of Our Time. Photo by Damir Yusupov, Courtesy Bolshoi.

One of the ballets, Yuri Possokhov’s A Hero of Our Time, has never been seen in the U.S. Can you tell us about it?

A Hero of Our Time is based on a very famous Russian novel by Mikhail Lermontov. The ballet features three chapters of the book: “Bela,” “Toman” and “Princess Mary.” It’s such a great show because it was choreographed on the Bolshoi and showcases a lot of different artists throughout. I play Princess Mary, and I’m absolutely in love with her character.

 

Why is it so important to make these Bolshoi performances available to audiences worldwide?

This gives people who cannot otherwise come to the theater a chance to see the Bolshoi. And it helps to expand audiences. Of course, a lot of people who come are ballet fans, but many are not—they just want to see what it's like. Lots of my friends told me they saw the advertisements and came just out of curiosity, and they were surprised by how amazing the show was. Visually, it rocked their world! I’m really glad I have this opportunity to show my art, and to show it in high quality. Because from time to time, people record me and put it on YouTube, but the quality is not great--not like something that’s been filmed for a movie theater.

 

Catch Zakharova in Swan Lake on February 5, 2017. Casting for the other productions has not yet been released. The full cinema schedule is below; to find a theater near you, visit the Fathom Events website.

Ekaterina Krysanova with Alexander Petukhov and Alexei Loparevich in The Golden Age. Photo by Pierce Jackson for Pathé Live

 

The Golden Age – Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:55 pm ET and PT/11:55 am CT/10:55 am MT

 

The Bright Stream – Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm local time

 

The Nutcracker – Sunday, December 18, 2016 at 12:55 pm local time

 

The Sleeping Beauty – Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 12:55 pm ET and PT/11:55 am CT/10:55 am MT

 

Swan Lake – Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 12:55 local time

 

A Contemporary Evening – Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm ET and PT/11:55 am CT/10:55 am MT/ 9:55 am PT

 

A Hero of Our Time – Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm ET and PT/11:55 am CT/ 10:55 am MT

Kristina Kretova and Ruslan Skvortsov in A Hero of Our Time. Photo by Pierce Jackson for Pathé Live

 

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