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Join us for a new production of Swan Lake from The Royal Ballet; a lavish The Merry Widow, created especially for The Australian Ballet and our 5th season of Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema featuring seven exceptional productions from the oldest surviving ballet in history to the full splendor of classics.

The Royal Ballet: Swan Lake New production

Choreography

Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Additional Choreography

Liam Scarlett and Frederick Ashton

Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Synopsis

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night. Run time: 180 minutes incl. two intervals.

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The Australian Ballet: The Merry Widow

Choreography

Ronald Hynd

Music

Franz Lehár

Synopsis

Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce. Based on the beloved operetta, this lively tale is set in the ballrooms and salons of Belle Époque Paris and is dressed magnificently in velvets, silks, spangles and feathers. Created especially for The Australian Ballet, The Merry Widow is a laugh-along favourite with hum-along melodies and its heart on its sleeve. Run time: 114 minutes including a 20 minute interval.

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Bolshoi Ballet: La Sylphide

Choreography

Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville

Music

Herman Severin Levenskiold

Synopsis

On his wedding day, the young Scotsman James is awakened with a kiss from an ethereal winged creature, a Sylph. Entranced by her beauty, James risks everything to pursue an unattainable love. La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, and a treasure in Danish ballet master August Bournonville’s style. Staged for the Bolshoi by Bournonville expert Johan Kobborg, this production is the ultimate romantic masterpiece. Run time: 120 minutes.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote

Choreography

Alexei Fadeyechev after Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky

Music

Ludwig Minkus

Synopsis

Inspired by heroic stories of brave knights, with his faithful servant Sancho Panza at his side, Don Quixote sets out on an adventure to meet his ideal woman, Dulcinea. With panache and sparkling technique, principal dancers Ekaterina Krysanova and Semyon Chudin lead the spectacular cast of toreadors, flamenco dancers, gypsies, and dryads in the Bolshoi's critically‐acclaimed staging of this exalted performance. A quintessential Bolshoi event. Run time: 175 minutes.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker

Choreography

Yuri Grigorovich

Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Synopsis

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and together their wonderful adventure begins. The Nutcracker invites audiences of all ages on a magical journey, through a world of enchantment, complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. The timeless holiday classic returns to the Bolshoi stage this December for a live broadcast. Run time: 140 minutes.

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Encore

Bolshoi Ballet: La Bayadère

Choreography

Yuri Grigorovich after Marius Petipa

Music

Ludwig Minkus

Synopsis

The temple dancer Nikiya and the warrior Solor fall deeply in love, igniting heated passions and murderous intrigues when the Rajah and his daughter Gamzatti discover their forbidden love. La Bayadère is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgment, set in India. Dazzling sets and costumes, with one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ultimate redemption. A must‐see theatrical event. Run time: 200 minutes.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Choreography

Yuri Grigorovich after Marius Petipa

Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Synopsis

On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Aurora falls under the curse of the Evil Fairy Carabosse and into a deep slumber lasting one hundred years. Only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. A resplendent fairytale ballet, The Sleeping Beauty features scores of magical characters including fairies, the Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, and a beautiful young Princess Aurora performed by Olga Smirnova, a “truly extraordinary talent” (The Telegraph). This is classical ballet at its finest. Run time: 170 minutes.

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Golden Age

Choreography

Yuri Grigorovich

Music

Dmitri Shostakovich

Synopsis

In the 1920’s, The Golden Age cabaret is a favorite nightly haunt. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita. He follows her to the cabaret and realizes that she is the beautiful dancer “Mademoiselle Margot,” but also the love interest of the local gangster Yashka. With its jazzy score by Dmitri Shostakovich and its music‐hall atmosphere featuring beautiful tangos, The Golden Age is a refreshing and colorful dive into the roaring 20’s. A historic ballet that can be seen only at the Bolshoi! Run time: 140 minutes.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Carmen Suite / Petrushka

Carmen Suite

Choreography

Alberto Alonso

Music

Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin

Libretto

Alberto Alonso based on the story by Prospero Merime

Petrushka

Choreography

Edward Clug

Music

Igor Stravinsky

Synopsis

Carmen is as sensual and free‐spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug. The double‐bill event for cinemas encapsulates and showcases the soul of Russian Ballet. Run time: 140 minutes.

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