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Fall Dance Film Line Up at The Bryn Mawr Film Institute features the Bolshoi Ballet

The Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI), located at 824 W. Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA is offering three films featuring the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for their fall line up. It is the next best thing to being there! For advanced tickets and more information visit their web site at http://www.brynmawrfilm.org/


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The Legend of Love

Sunday, November 23, 2014 · 1 pm
Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich – Music by Arif Melikov – Libretto by Nâzim Hikmet – 3 hr

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its story-line explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines. Featuring dance movements, sets and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet, which uses pure dance to tell the story, is further enriched by the talent of the Bolshoi troupe.

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The Pharoah’s Daughter

Sunday, December 7, 2014 · 1 pm
Choreographed by Pierre Lacotte – Music by Cesare Pugni – Libretto by Jean-Henry Saint-Georges and Marius Petipa – 2 hr 30 min
Starring Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova, Ruslan Skvortsov

The plot of this lavish production is loosely based on Théophile Gauthier’s novel Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa’s mighty Egyptian fresco, and he succeeded brilliantly in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece. With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations, and crowd scenes, this grand 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi’s repertoire.

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La Bayadère

Sunday, December 21, 2014 · 1 pm
Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich (after Marius Petipa) – Music by Ludwig Minkus – Libretto by Marius Petipa and Sergei Khudekov – 2 hr 45 min
Starring Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova, Vladislav Lantratov

La Bayadère (the word refers to an Indian temple dancer) is a key work in the classical repertoire, and this is a magnificent production. The story of impossible love between Nikiya and Solor is set against the backdrop of a lush, mysterious India. Marius Petipa’s choreography, here in a new scenic version by Yuri Grigorovich, is exquisite; the scene known as The Kingdom of the Shades is one of the most celebrated in the history of ballet. Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova and Maria Alexandrova bring the characters of this romantic ballet to life.

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While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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