Ballet, opera and theatre in Moscow
While the grand Bolshoi Theatre is rich in heritage (it has attracted tourists for more than 300 years), its productions have always succeed to be at the forefront of contemporary performance. One of the best performances The Bolshoi ballet has offered up recently was the intensely moving opera, ‘Boris Godunov’ by Mussorgsky. With encapsulating song and jaw-dropping theatrical design (including full-scale gem-studded cathedral sets), the 1948 production remained powerfully potent as it transported audiences back to 16th-century Russia. Other accomplished companies include the Satirikon Theatre, which received rave reviews for its take on Chekov’s psychological masterpiece ‘Chaika (The Seagull)’, while the recent run of ‘Swan Lake’ at the Stanislavsky Theatre successfully epitomises how Russian ballet is always capable of reinterpreting timeless classics in unexpected ways.
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