Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema is an initiative to bring world-class ballet, direct from the legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, exclusively to cinema audiences around the world.
“The Sunrise Theater is proud to bring these incredibly beautiful performances to the Sunrise screen for the Bolshoi’s 2019-2020 season,” says a spokesman.
Each production features a complete performance plus behind‐the‐scenes, interviews with cast and creative teams and other bonus content. Geared for and suitable for audiences of all ages, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema offers seven ballets this season including four live events and three encore (recorded) presentations.
Sunday, Oct. 27. Run time: 180 minutes
“Raymonda” is a must-see of the Bolshoi, a work of living dance history showcasing the ballerina as the ultimate virtuoso. Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.
Sunday, Nov. 17. Run time: 210 minutes
Bolshoi Prima Ballerina, the mesmerizing Ekaterina Krysanova and Leading Soloist Igor Tsvirko ignite Medora and Conrad’s passion with undeniable intensity. Le Corsaire remains a breath-taking production reworked by Alexei Ratmansky, who has created enough dancing for nearly the entire troupe, along with luxurious cinematic sets and a shipwreck, bringing the magnificence of the Bolshoi to life.
Sunday, Dec. 15. Run time: 150 minutes
The Bolshoi’s magical “Nutcracker” production captivates audiences of all ages and brings them on whirlwind journey of enchantment with rising star Soloist Margarita Shrainer perfectly embodying Marie’s innocence and joy along with the supremely elegant Principal Dancer Semyon Chudin as her Nutcracker Prince. A timeless holiday classic accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.
Sunday, Jan. 26. Run time: 150 minutes
In this brand-new production of “Giselle,” world renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky brings a fresh perspective to one of the oldest and greatest works of classical dance, giving the audience an opportunity to discover this iconic ballet anew.
Sunday, Feb. 23. Run time: 165 minutes
Tchaikovsky’s essential masterpiece returns for a live broadcast of the most-beloved ballet in the classical canon. Technically challenging and filled with vibrant emotion, with a stunning and world-famous corps de ballet in perfect unison, the legendary love story between Prince Siegfried and the dual personalities Odette/Odile, born at the Bolshoi Theatre, is a must-see.
“Romeo and Juliet”
Sunday, March 29. Run time: 185 minutes
The star-crossed lovers’ tragic fate inspired Prokofiev’s remarkable cinematic score, from the delicate theme of Juliet to the ominous Dance of the Knights. Bolshoi stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Vladislav Lantratov wholly embody the two eternal lovers in Alexei Ratmansky’s stunning evocation of love at first sight.
Sunday, April 19. Run time: 165 minutes
This opulent triptych was inspired by choreographer George Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue, celebrating the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St. Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone: emerald, ruby and diamond.
All ballets begin at 1 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater. Individual and season ticket packages are available as well as student and group discounts. The Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St., Southern Pines. Call (910) 692-8501 or visit www.sunrisetheater.com for further information.