The magic of Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty On The Big Screen

A dream­‐like journey through the classic fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty, complete with jewelled fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet.

The next ballet to be enjoyed on the big screen, The Sleeping Beauty, is the third of three iconic ballets with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to be screened in cinema from the Bolshoi Ballet stage in Moscow, which releases on Saturday, 11 March for limited screenings.

The Sleeping Beauty releases on South African screens on Saturday, 11 March for four screenings only – on 11, 15 and 16 March at 19:45, and on 12 March at 14:30 – only at Ster-Kinekor’s Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Bookings are now open. The running time of this ballet production is 2 hrs 50 mins, including one interval.

With choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, the ballet stars the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina Olga Smirnova in the title role as Princess Aurora, with Semyon Chudin danding the role of Prince Désiré). Also dancing in the production are Alexei Loparevich as the Evil Fairy Carabosse, Yulia Stepanova as the Lilac Fairy, Vitaly Biktimirov in the role of Catalabutte, Artemy Belyakov as Bluebird and Anastasia Denisova as Princess Florine. The principal dancers are accompanied by the company’s highly accomplished soloists and corps de ballet dancers.

On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince can awaken her…

In this resplendent and magical classic of The Sleeping Beauty, the Bolshoi dancers take the audience on a dream­‐like journey through this classic fairy tale complete with jewelled fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault’s fairy tale unlike any other. This ballet is a must-‐see!

The Bolshoi Ballet is the quintessential ballet company, presenting works of astounding skill, daring and bravura that leave audiences the world over spellbound. This season of ballets broadcast in cinemas is no different, with the company’s incredible productions set to feature some of the world’s greatest dancers.

For booking information on the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty at Nouveau, visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or www.sterkinekor.com. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For queries, call TicketLine on 0861 Movies (668 437).

Watch ‘The Fairy Variations”: scenes from the Bolshoi Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty.

The final two productions in this season from the Bolshoi Ballet to be screened at Nouveau are A Contemporary Evening (22 April) and A Hero of our Time (13 May). The ballets are brought to the big screen by Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live.

Chance For Ballet Lovers To See Prima Ballerina Svetlana Zakharova Dancing Her Iconic Roles Of Odette And Odile In Swan Lake On The Big Screen

The next ballet to be enjoyed from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company on the big screen is one of the classical ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake, which released on Saturday, 18 February for limited shows.

In this quintessential ballet, lovers of dance will be treated to the ethereal magic of prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova as Odette / Odile, roles that she has made her own at the Bolshoi Ballet – and the world over.

The Bolshoi Ballet is the quintessential ballet company, presenting works of astounding skill, daring and bravura that leave audiences the world over spellbound. This season of ballets broadcast in cinemas is no different, with the company’s incredible productions set to feature some of the world’s greatest dancers.

Swan Lake opens at moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, where Prince Siegfried (Denis Rodkin) meets the bewitched swan­‐woman, Odette (Svetlana Zakharova). Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realises too late that Fate has another plan for him…

Swan Lake is a ballet of ultimate beauty with a score of unparalleled perfection, which was born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual roles of the white swan Odette, and her rival black swan Odile, Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. Including breath-taking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.

Choreographed by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich to the hauntingly beautiful musical composed by Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and also starring Artemy Belyakov as the Evil Genius and Igor Tsvirko as the Fool, Swan Lake promises to transport viewers into the magical world of the swans.

This production was filmed live at the Bolshoi Ballet on 25 January 2015, for broadcast into cinemas globally.

For booking information on the Bolshoi Ballet’s SWAN LAKE at Nouveau, visit www.cinemanouveau.co.za or www.sterkinekor.com. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz or on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For queries, call TicketLine on 0861 Movies (668 437).

More Bolshoi Magic

The other productions in this season to be screened at Nouveau include: The Sleeping Beauty (10 March), A Contemporary Evening (21 April) and A Hero of our Time (12 May). The ballets are brought to the big screen by Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live.