A new season of seven wonderful ballets from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company – one of the world’s great powerhouses of classical ballet – is currently being screened at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau theatres.
The next ballet to be enjoyed on the big screen is one of the classical ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake, which releases on Saturday, February 18 for limited shows.
In this quintessential ballet, lovers of dance will be treated to the ethereal magic of prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova as Odette/Odile, roles that she has made her own at the Bolshoi Ballet – and the world over.
In the dual roles of the white swan Odette, and her rival black swan Odile, Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. Including breath-taking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest.
Swan Lake opens at moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, where Prince Siegfried (Denis Rodkin) meets the bewitched swan‐woman, Odette (Svetlana Zakharova). Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realises too late that Fate has another plan for him…
Choreographed by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovich to the hauntingly beautiful musical composed by Pyotr (Peter) Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and also starring Artemy Belyakov as the Evil Genius and Igor Tsvirko as the Fool, Swan Lake promises to transport viewers into the magical world of the swans.
This production was filmed live at the Bolshoi Ballet on January 25, for broadcast into cinemas globally.
The other productions in this season to be screened at Nouveau include: The Sleeping Beauty (March 10), A Contemporary Evening (April 21) and A Hero of our Time (May 12). The ballets are brought to the big screen by Fathom Events, BY Experience and Pathé Live.
Swan Lake releases on South African screens on Saturday, February 18 for four screenings only – on February 18, 22 and 23 at 7.45 pm, and on February 19 at 2.30 pm – only at Ster-Kinekor’s Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. Bookings are now open.
The running time of this ballet production is 180 mins, including one interval.