Bolshoi Ballet

World Ballet Day LIVE, a glorious, 23-hour livestream that takes us inside five of the world’s leading ballet companies, technically begins October 1. But while our calendars in the Western Hemisphere currently say September 30, in Melbourne, Australia—home of The Australian Ballet—it’s already the first of the month. Since the Australian Ballet kicks off the simulcast, that means the live-feed starts tonight—10:00 pm EST, to be exact.

The ballet Don Quixote depicts classical Russian elegance dressed in fiery Spanish flair. Although Marius Petipa’s version for the Bolshoi Ballet debuted in 1869, most modern productions are based off of Alexander Gorksy’s 1900 revival. He sought to trade Petipa’s pageantry for more naturalistic story telling. However, it seems that Gorsky ceded to the suspension of narrative in Act III, keeping the grandiose wedding pas de deux to showcase the Bolshoi stars’ resplendent technique.

According to a report in the New York Times, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre announced on its website today that it would not be renewing the contract of the ballet’s artistic director, Sergei Filin. Filin, whose contract is up in March 2016, made world headlines in 2013 when he had acid thrown in his face, an assault organized by Bolshoi soloist Pavel Dmitrichenko. Filin has since had multiple eye surgeries and is now partially blind.


The 2015/2016 Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema season looks as promising as ever. This year, the lineup includes crowd pleasers Giselle and Jewels, along with Jean-Cristophe Maillot’s The Taming of the Shrew (which was created for the Bolshoi) and The Lady of the Camellias (which only recently entered the company's rep).


The performances will be screened on Sundays, between October and January, and you can find location information here.


This weekend the ballet world lost a legend. Maya Plisetskaya, a star of the Bolshoi Ballet who danced ambitiously into her 60s, died of a heart attack at age 89 on Saturday.

Published January 30, 2015
Bolshoi Ballet leading soloist Olga Smirnova has performed the world over, and nowhere is it more apparent than inside her dance bag. First, there’s the huge bag itself, a souvenir from the annual Dance Open Festival in St. Petersburg. And she picked up her red T-shirt when Jean-Christophe Maillot…more »
Published November 21, 2014
For American Ballet Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet star David Hallberg, growing up as a male dancer was a socially painful and isolating experience. He spoke with "Pointe" about what kept him going, and how he’s using mentorship to help other young men stay motivated. more »

Have you heard? The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and National Ballet of Canada are teaming up for a truly epic day of behind-the-scenes access. October 1st is World Ballet Day. 

Don Quixote overflows with humor, flirtation and romance. And what better character to gather romance and energy than Cupid—performed in this video by the Bolshoi Ballet’s Evgenia Obraztsova. 


Sochi's glittery closing ceremony last night celebrated Russian culture, and no such celebration would be complete without ballet, of course. But leave it to the Olympics to bring Russia's two great—and very competitive—ballet houses together.