DVD + Blu-Ray:
The Golden Age (Bolshoi Ballet)
A rare and refined ballet by Yuri Grigorovich, set to a music by Dmitri Shostakovich, and danced by the up and coming stars of the Bolshoi Ballet...
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© Damir Yusupov
© Damir Yusupov
A modern and visionary work, this ballet, set to a music by Dmitri Shostakovich, was created in 1930. Its central theme was the highly moralized battle and triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie, set in Europe during the Roaring Twenties. Surprisingly, the score by Dmitri Shostakovich raised political controversies, probably because it borrowed much to european dance forms (and was openly inspired by jazz music) and consequently, the ballet vanished from the theaters until 1982, when Yuri Grigorovich restaged it with sets by Simon Virsaladze and a completely new libretto mainly revolving around the love story between Rita, a cabaret dancer, and Boris, an young idealist. The conflict in the original production was also recast as a clash between fishermen – the morally superior workers – and society’s criminal elements.
To bring back on stage The Golden Age in autumn 2016, a few months prior to Yuri Grigorovich’s 90th birthday, was a highly symbolic choice for the Bolshoi Ballet : this work, the last Grigorovich would ever choreograph for his company, hadn’t been staged for almost 10 years !
A rare and refined ballet, which ran the risk of falling into oblivion twice, The Golden Age is danced by the new generation of the Bolshoi Ballet, among which Nina Kaptsova et Mikhail Lobukhin. Its release on DVD and Blu-ray adds a new title to BelAir Classiques’ prestigious « Bolshoi Ballet HD Collection ».
Recording date 2016
Recording location Bolshoi Theatre
Composer Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography by Yuri Grigorovich
Dance Company Bolshoi Ballet
Director Vincent Bataillon
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