Don Quixote is a joyous comedy ballet that was originally choreographed by Marius Petipa to the music of Austrian composer Ludwig Minkus. Based on an episode from the famous novel Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, it premiered to great success at the Bolshoi in 1869.
When it comes to a ballet that combines physical power and emotion, Aram Khachaturian’s Spartacus is the best example. Since its first appearance at the Bolshoi in 1958, the ballet remains one of the company’s signature works.
The ballet of all ballets - Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake is a repertory performance in all theatres worldwide. This ballet classic was choreographed by Julius Reisinger and first staged as The Lake of the Swans at the Bolshoi in 1877. The production the company is presenting in New York has choreography and libretto by Yuri Grigorovich. Inspired by Russian and German folktales, the ballet is unanimously described by critics as “essentially Russian”.
A thrilling story which tells us about a mysterious event during the reign of Tsar Ivan the Terrible turns out to be a true psychological drama. Full of beautiful arias, The Tsar’s Brideis a repertory opera in Russia but until recently is has remained hardly known abroad.
The Bolshoi opera and ballet are arriving in New York for a two-week engagement at Lincoln Center. World famous dancers and singers as well as rising stars will perform in the productions that represent the Bolshoi Theater at its best: opera in concert The Tsar’s Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov, and three ballet hits: Tchaikovsky’ Swan Lake, Don Quixote by Minkus, and Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian.