The greatest ballet company in the world offers a spectacular new 2014/15 season on the big screen featuring 5 magnificent classics including The Nutcracker and Swan Lake and 2 unrealeased ballets, The Legend of Love and Ivan the Terrible. Distributed by BY Experience, the series is presented in North America in association with the Metropolitan Opera. Audiences across the globe will be able to enjoy these outstanding performances with the Bolshoi principals, soloists, and corps de ballet, in cinemas only.
IVAN THE TERRIBLE - SUNDAY, APRIL19, 2015 AT 1PM
Running time 2hr, 15min
Music Sergei Prokofiev Libretto Yuri Grigorovich Choreography Yuri Grigorovich
As young Ivan IV is crowned, he has to choose one of the 13 Boyar daughters to be his wife and tsarina. He selects Anastasia, and the two eventually fall deeply in love. When the Boyars plot against him and poison his beloved wife, Tsar Ivan finds himself surrounded by enemies. Haunted by dark thoughts and phantoms, he slowly sinks into madness.
Drawing on the music composed by Prokofiev for the 1944 Eisenstein film, Ivan the Terrible is a work in the true Bolshoi style. Yuri Grigorovich’s powerful and fascinating epic dramatizes Ivan the Terrible’s controversial reign, and portrays events in 16th-century Russia in visually stunning scenes. His choreography, full of vigor, strength and wild jumps, also includes great grace and fragility in the female roles. Sensitive classical and powerful character dance blend to create a lyrical epic, rich in the colors of medieval Russia.
Recently revived, Ivan the Terrible is an essential part of the company’s repertoire, a 20th-century classic and a wonderful theatrical experience.
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