Note down the ballets you should see next year

Note down the ballets you should see next year

It is always difficult to decide what performance to choose. There are "guest" performances in the playbills that are here only for a season - later, it will be impossible to see them on the Russian stage! We don’t want you to miss any of the high-profile events at the Bolshoi in 2022, so we’ve gathered all of them in this article.

The next year opens with an important congratulatory event - on January 2, Yuri Nikolaevich Grigorovich turns 95! They often call him the second Petipa because of the scale of his creativity and influence on ballet art. We can safely say that Grigorovich is a living legend! Therefore, at the beginning of the year, it is worth paying special attention to his ballet A Legend of Love, as it was with this production that Yuri Grigorovich's career as a choreographer began.

If you are fond of contemporary choreography, there is the Postscript program in the Bolshoi Theater playbill for you. Outstanding choreographers of our time have gathered in this program, among them are: Alexei Ratmansky, who restored Giselle a few years ago, Wayne McGregor, who has already staged Chroma at the Bolshoi, the inseparable duo of Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon who danced the choreography by Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, Hans van Manen, and now continue their creative union as choreographers, and, finally, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui - a winner of numerous awards, choreographer with a bright individual style. Postscript is a perfect opportunity for viewers to immerse themselves in the world of modern dance, to understand which direction, which style, which choreographer you like.

Jewels and Symphony in C, which have established themselves firmly in the repertoire of the Bolshoi Theater, are not only an ode to classical dance, but also an example of the neoclassical trend. These performances are worth visiting if you don’t feel and understand the difference between the neoclassical direction and the classics. Watching them, you can't even believe that there are only 12 years between the ballets of Marius Petipa and George Balanchine - the changes in the manner and character of the dance are so great.

The Master and Margarita ballet by Edward Clug that premiered in December, certainly deserves attention next season. Clug is one of the most sought-after choreographers of our time, with his own plastique language. He said that staging a ballet based on a famous novel was his dream and he couldn’t believe that four years after his conversation with Makhar Vaziev it would come true on stage of one of the major theaters in the world.

In spring, balletomanes expect the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Art of Fuge. Ratmansky, who has done a lot for the Bolshoi Theater, hasn’t staged his own ballets on the Moscow stage lately, as he was working in the West for the most part. That is why the premiere will be a real gift for the audience of the capital.

 In summer, three one-act ballets by contemporary Russian choreographers premiere: Dancemania by Vyacheslav Samodurov, Made in Bolshoi by Anton Pimonov and Les Saisons by Artemy Belyakov.

So, the audience of the Bolshoi Theater has a great opportunity to start the year with unbeatable classics and end the theatrical season with the young generation of choreographers who are creating a history of dance today.