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Sky Arts premieres rediscovered Bolshoi ballets from the 70s

Sky Arts premieres rediscovered Bolshoi ballets from the 70s
Pippa Considine
08 August 2013

Six classic Bolshoi Ballet performances discovered in the Russian state archive are to get their UK TV premiere on Sky Arts.

The recordings have been re-mastered by RTR Worldwide for Sky Arts,and never before been broadcast outside of Russia. Bolshoi Unseen: Swan Lake will be the first performance to be broadcast on Sky Arts 2 on 11th August to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bolshoi Ballet’s first visit to Britain.
Discovered in the giant state archive, the Gosteleradiofond, the performances of Swan Lake, Adam And Eve, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet date from the 1970s and 80s. The recordings have been in the Moscow vaults ever since their original airing on USSR state television.

Sky Arts has commissioned an accompanying documentary from Unique telling the story of their discovery. Presented by Deborah Bull, former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet, the programme will be broadcast at a later date on Sky Arts along with the five other re-mastered ballets. 
Swan Lake was filmed during the 1976 production which marked the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet by the artists of the state academic Bolshoi Theatre. Directed by current Bolshoi Ballet Master Yuri Grigorovich, the ballet features legendary dancers including Maya Plisetskaya and Alexander Bogatyrev, with the orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Algis Zhuraitis. Deborah Bull will also introduce the performance, with an interview with impresario Lilian Hochhauser, who first brought the Bolshoi to London in 1963.


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