19 July – 8 August 2010
Public booking opens 6 April 2010
The Bolshoi Ballet will be returning to the Royal Opera House this summer. Casting is yet to be announced (if you know the Company, you'll know that comes very late and as usual is subject to change).
If Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev are cast in Don Quixote, do everything legal to buy a ticket.
The release goes on to say :
Highlights of the ballet season include the Bolshoi’s joyous revival of Coppélia, which has earned ecstatic accolades since its premiere in Moscow last year, and a fascinating triple bill of three celebrated ballets by some of Russia’s supreme choreographers: Fokine’s immortal Petrushka set to Stravinsky’s extraordinary score; the Grand Pas from Petipa’s masterpiece Paquita, in a revival by Yuri Burlaka; and the British premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, an exuberant celebration of Russian folk dance.
Three renowned classics particularly associated with the Bolshoi’s matchless vitality return to the stage of the Royal Opera House. The season opens with Yuri Grigorovich’s legendary staging of Spartacus to Khachaturian’s famous score and closes with Don Quixote, an exhilarating celebration of the Bolshoi’s breathtakingly virtuoso dancing and irrepressible wit. Following its spectacular success in 2007, Alexei Ratmansky’s recreation of Le Corsaire returns with its exotic blend of love, intrigue and deception.
In contrast, Balanchine’s great twentieth-century classic, Serenade and the haunting Giselle, performed in Yuri Grigorovich’s acclaimed version, combine in a programme which displays the elegance and beauty of the Bolshoi’s incomparable dancers.
The full complement of the Bolshoi’s leading dancers including Maria Alexandrova, Anna Antonicheva , Maria Allash, Nina Kaptsova, Natalia Osipova, Ekaterina Shipulina, Svetlana Zakharova and Yuri Baranov, Mikhail Lobukhin, Andrei Merkuriev, Ruslan Skvortsov, Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Ivan Vasiliev will perform in London.
Spartacus 19, 20, 21, 31 July at 7.30pm. 31 July at 2pm
Coppélia 22, 23, 24, July at 7.30pm. 24 July at 2pm
Giselle 26, 27, 28 July at 7.30pm
Triple Bill 29, 30 July at 7.30pm
Le Corsaire 2, 3, 4, 5 August at 7.30pm
Don Quixote 6, 7 August at 7.30pm 7 August at 2pm 8 August at 3pm