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Bolshoi Postmodern: The Bolt
Thu, February 25, 2016, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
Choreographer Alexey Ratmansky and stage designer Simon Pastukh re-imagine Dmitri Shostakovich's early ballet, The Bolt, mothballed in 1931 without being premiered due to fears of censorship and government censure for its innovative and satirical nature. The production captures the original's caustic dissection of socialist realist fantasy through stunning dance sequences and inventive staging. A complex image of the contradictions of life in the early Soviet Union told in movement and music, with sets that channel the early Soviet avant-garde.
Screening Introduced by Katerina Novikova (Bolshoi Theatre's Press Secretary) and Anna Winestein (BRAI). Film directed by Vincent Bataillon and produced by Bel Air Media together with the Bolshoi Theater, ARTE France, BBC, NHK.
Preceded by a free panel discussion, Looking back to move forward: The Continuous Evolution of Dance. How is the vocabulary of traditional dance being used, pushed or even rejected by today’s choreographers? Join BRAI and Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) as they ask some of the area’s influential dance-makers “how does historical movement inspire and influence your work today?” Katerina Novikova (Bolshoi Theatre), David Parker (Bang Group), Peter DiMuro (Dance Complex) and Rebecca Rice (Rebecca Rice Dance) will discuss the blending of tradition and innovation in contemporary movement. Register for the panel at evolutionofdance.eventbrite.com
Screening and panel presented by BRAI and BCA in partnership with the Modern Languages and Contemporary Literature Department at Boston University and with the participation of Bel Air Media.
Part of the Bolshoi Postmodern: Innovative Performance in HD screening series, February 20 - March 12, 2016 in Washington DC, New York and Boston. For more information, visit: www.ballets-russes.com/Bolshoi.html
Photo by Damir Yusupov, copyright Bolshoi Theatre.