Bolshoi Ballet principals Olga Smirnova and Artemy Belyakov in Alexei Ratmansky's production of Giselle. Damir Yusupov, Courtesy of Bolshoi Theatre.

Catch the Bolshoi Ballet on the Big Screen in Alexei Ratmansky's "Giselle"

Bolshoi fans, listen up: On Sunday, January 26, the company will broadcast Alexei Ratmansky's new production of Giselle—captured from a live performance in Moscow earlier that day—to over 450 North American movie theaters as part of its Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season. Olga Smirnova and Artemy Belyakov will star as Giselle and Albrecht, along with Angelina Vlashinets as Myrtha and Denis Savin as Hans, the Gatekeeper.



While not a full reconstruction, Ratmansky has imbued this production with details gleaned from historic notations. Specifically, he has referenced French choreographer Henri Justament's notes from the mid-19th century and Nikolai Sergeyev's Stepanov notations from the early 20th. Robert Perdziola's sets and costumes are based on 1924 sketches by Alexander Benois for the Paris Opéra Ballet.

According to recent reviews from the November premiere, mime scenes have been clarified and refreshed, the Wilis of Act II possess more chilling strength, and Bathilde's character has greater significance. A lost fugue for the Wilis, choreographed by Ratmansky, has been added back in. And the ballet's original ending—which may surprise some—has been restored.

With all that said, tickets will probably go fast! To see if Giselle is playing at a movie theater near you, go to bolshoiballetincinema.com and enter your zip code.

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