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The Bolshoi Ballet returns to London for three weeks summer season

The Bolshoi Ballet returns to London for a three-week summer season at the
London Coliseum from July 30 - August 18, 2007, presented by Victor

Last year's sold-out season of the Bolshoi Ballet in London was a
critical triumph, and it left an enthusiastic public clamouring for more.
At this year's National Dance Awards the Bolshoi won the award for the
Best Foreign Dance Company of 2006.

The company's 2007 programme opens with a lavish new recreation of 19th
century classic Le Corsaire by the Bolshoi's Artistic Director Alexei
Ratmansky working with ballet master/restorer Yuri Burlaka. The role of
Medora on the opening night is danced by the company's leading dancer
Svetlana Zakharova partnered by fiery Denis Matvienko.

International superstar Carlos Acosta appears as a Guest Artist with the
Bolshoi dancing the lead role in Yuri Grigorovich's heroic Soviet-era
ballet Spartacus - a work which has become synonymous with the Bolshoi
name (August 6, 8).

The season also includes the British Premiere of Elsinore, a new one-act
ballet by the greatly admired British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon,
in a triple bill with Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, and Asaf
Messerer's Class Concert, a dazzling vehicle for the company's leading
soloists, and here revived by his nephew, UK based ballet master Mikhail

Ratmansky's rollicking full-length ballet, The Bright Stream, hailed as
'the best new ballet to come out of Russia in years', and voted Best
Classical Choreography of 2006 by the Critics' Circle, returns by
overwhelming popular demand.

There's also a chance to savour two other pillars of the Bolshoi's
classical repertoire - La Bayadère and Don Quixote whose opening night
cast features remarkable 21 year-old Natalia Osipova. Osipova's
exuberant performance as Kitri in last year's London season was
unforgettable. This season she dances opposite the prodigiously gifted 18
year-old Ivan Vasiliev, who joined the company only last year - and is
widely being compared to the young Baryshnikov.

All the Bolshoi's finest Principal Artists will dance during the
Coliseum season including Maria Alexandrova, Maria Allash, Anna
Antonicheva, Sergei Filin, Dmitri Gudanov, Yuri Klevtsov, Svetlana
Lunkina, Vladimir Neporozhny, Marianna Ryzhkina, Galina Stepanenko,
Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Andrei Uvarov,

Other soloists of the younger generation include Yan Godovsky, Nina
Kaptsova, Yekaterina Krysanova, Andrei Merkuriev, Yekaterina Shipulina,
Artyom Shpilevksy, Ruslan Skvortsov, Alexander Volchkov and Anastasia

Victor Hochhauser and the Bolshoi look forward to renewing their
association with the London Coliseum, where the company last performed in
1999.Since then the theatre has been handsomely restored. It will offer
a fitting frame for one of the world's leading ballet companies.

Victor and Lilian Hochhauser have been associated with the best of Russian
culture for over 50 years.Last autumn their unique role as cultural
ambassadors was recognised by the Russian Government with the award of a
special medal for promoting a positive image of Russian culture in the

The Bolshoi Ballet at The London Coliseum
St. Martin's Lane, London WC2

Monday, July 30 - Saturday, August 18, 2007

Box Office Tel: 0870 145 0200

Online booking:

Ticket prices:£10 - £85


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