The Bryn Mawr Film Institute (BMFI) is kicking off its 2015 season of dance films with two classics from the Bolshoi Ballet – Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. These are all special one day showings and a rare opportunity to view the work of the internationally renowned classical ballet company, based at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi is among the world’s oldest ballet companies. It only achieved worldwide acclaim, however, in the early 20th century when Moscow became the capital of Soviet Russia. Along with the Mariinsky Ballet in Saint Petersburg, the Bolshoi is recognized as one of the foremost ballet companies in Russia.
Bolshoi Ballet: Swan Lake
Sunday, February 22 at 1:oopm
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich – Music by Piotr Tchaikovsky – Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich
The great legend of the enigmatic swan/woman is one of the most romantic classical ballets, appropriately set in the era of courtly romance and characterized by elegance, style, and harmony. With Tchaikovsky’s famous, lyrical score, Swan Lake depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried. The great Bolshoi Ballet corps and stars perform this classic with the virtuosity one expects from them. This universal and enchanting masterpiece of love, deception and drama is a must.
Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo & Juliet
Sunday, March 8 at 1:00pm
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich – Music by Sergei Prokofiev – Libretto by Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Radlov, and Adrian Piotrovsky
William Shakespeare’s timeless story, written in 1595, is brought to the stage through breathtaking choreography and Sergei Prokofiev’s much-loved score. With its famous melodies, rhythmic variety and universal theme, this story of impossible love remains an all-time favorite, and is one of the world’s most popular ballets. Stellar performances by Alexander Volchkov and Anna Nikulina illuminate this masterpiece, making the immortal tale of the lovers of Verona an unforgettable experience.
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Theater Hotline: 610.527.9898
General Public: $20 ; BMFI Members: $18 ; Students with ID: $10