The Bolshoi Ballet at SPAC … A “Don’t Miss!”

Bolshoi Ballet; photo by Damir Yusupov

8:00 pm • Tuesday, July 29th 2014
8:00 pm • Wednesday, July 30th 2014
2:00 pm • Thursday, July 31st 2014
8:00 pm • Friday, August 1st 2014
Saratoga Performing Arts Center • Saratoga Springs, NY

With New York City Ballet Summer Residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) seemingly always in flux, the venue continues to develop its dance offerings this summer. And putting politics aside, what a cultural coup it has with Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet—one of the most prestigious and the largest ballet company in the world. The Bolshoi Ballet is about to performs at SPAC as one of only three locations in the Unites States to host the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra this summer.

The program will be a performance of Don Quixote in which the exploits of Cervantes’s legendary hero in search of his perfect love are seen in a critically acclaimed staging by Alexei Fadeyechev. Featuring dazzling costumes re-created from historic sketches, this is classic Bolshoi, teeming with life and set to a cadence of castanets and tambourines.

Dancing the starring role of “Kitri” on opening night (July 29) as well as on finale night (August 1) will be Maria Alexandrova who has been a Bolshoi principal dancer since 2004 and company member since 1997. Ms. Alexandrova, praised as “a force of nature,” in a recent Financial Times review, has performed leading roles in many Bolshoi productions including Coppelia, La Bayadere and Esmeralda.

Starring opposite Ms. Alexandrova as “Basilio” on both opening night and finale night of the engagement will be Vladislav Lantratov. A member of the company since 2006, Mr. Lantratov has danced leading roles in several Bolshoi productions including Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and The Nutcracker.  A recent review in London’s Guardian described Lantratov as “musical, dark and compelling…”

Also dancing in the lead roles of Kitri and Basilio at SPAC will be Ekaterina Krysanova (July 30); Kristina Kretova (July 31); Semyon Chudin (July 30) and Mikhail Lobukhin (July 31).

The title character of Don Quixote will be played by Alexey Loparevich for all four performances.

The Bolshoi Ballet Don Quixote Production Credits:

  • Composer — Ludwig Minkus
  • Choreographers — Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky
  • New choreographic version — Alexei Fadeyechev
  • Set designer — Sergei Barkhin
  • Libretto — Marius Petipa
  • After the novel of the same name by Miguel de Cervantes
  • Music director — Alexander Kopylov
  • Conductor — Pavel Klinichev

Running the numbers …  nearly 250 Russian dancers, musicians and artistic staff will converge on SPAC for this once-in-a-lifetime engagement. And it’s certainly a don’t miss event for anyone interested in dance and music!

 

Other Upcoming Events

  • Bolshoi Ballet: Don Quixote
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    Wednesday, July 30th 2014 at 8:00 pm

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  • Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA
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  • Dance Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider: “Chalk and Soot”
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    Wednesday, July 30th 2014 at 8:15 pm

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  • Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 2:00 pm

  • Circa
  • Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 8:00 pm

  • Dance Heginbotham and Brooklyn Rider: “Chalk and Soot”
  • Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA
    Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 8:15 pm

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    Friday, August 1st 2014 at 7:30 pm