Balancing Act

(Time Out Mumbai, February 2014. Photo courtesy Pathe Live/ NCPA)

Here are five things to watch out for at the upcoming Bolshoi Ballet performance screenings.

Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi Ballet ranks among the world’s best ballet companies. In a world replete with nineteenth-century Romanticism, the dance company has been presenting newer three-act ballets by twentieth and twenty-first century choreographers George Balanchine and Alexei Ratmansky during their 2013-14 performance season. This fortnight, the duo’s works, Balanchine’s Jewels and Ratmansky’s Lost Illusions, recorded at the historic Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow will be screened across the world.Time Out whets your appetite with five things you must know about these two ballets.

Both are choreographed by Russian émigrés to New York.
Balanchine defected from communist Russia in 1924, travelling a lot before he finally struck down roots to form the New York City Ballet (NYCB). Ratmansky, a Bolshoi Ballet academy graduate and one of its former artistic directors, is now an artist-inresidence at NYCB’s rival company, the American Ballet Theatre. Today, he is one of ballet’s most soughtafter choreographers while the Balanchine Foundation, set up to preserve the choreographer’s legacy, ensures that dancers adhere to his style and standards while staging his works.

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