Время "Щелкунчика"
Ballet for Christmas Eve! This choreographic version, created for the Bolshoi by Yuri Grigorovich, is full of romanticism and philosophical reflections on ideal love. Masterfully interpreted by the Bolshoi dancers, it will enchant the whole family for the festive season, proving that one is never too young or too old to be swept away by The Nutcracker.

Жизненная история
The first and, to-date the only, baroque opera produced at the Bolshoi (1979) was George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare, and now, making amends for the ‘baroque’ hiatus in its repertoire, the Bolshoi turns again to Handel’s music – for just the second time in its history. The choice of Rodelinda is symbolical: for in the 20th century it was this opera that marked Handel’s return to popularity in theatre.

Большой балет идет в кино с большим успехом!
The Bolshoi Ballet is the first Russian Company to win an ECA (Event Cinema Association – an international company promoting events on the screen) award. We share our award with our partner Pathé Live which helps us screen our productions worldwide (the last ‘direct hit’ was last night when movie audiences all over the world attended a ‘live’ performance of the Bolshoi’s production of Lady of the Camellias). The ECA’s Bronze Box Office Award is given when audiences for a particular event reach the one hundred thousand mark and over. We have achieved this twice: at the beginning of 2015 one hundred and ten thousand movie goers watched the Bolshoi’s Nutcracker and one hundred twenty thousand - our Swan Lake.

«Большой театр» в электронном виде
Bolshoi Theatre Magazine Online
The 1st issue has been released!

Ave Майя
Whatever she thought up, however many remarkable artists she managed to gather round her, the main treat of every Maya Plisetskaya Gala Evening was always Maya Plisetskaya herself in person. Her look, walk, dance, hint at dancing, the way she took a curtain call, the light flowing from her eyes, her formidable energy fueled by the rapturous reception she aroused in the auditorium – this was what was important and riveted the audience’s attention…

«Иоланта» плюс «Щелкунчик»
Opera and Suite united into a single production

Большой балет идет в кино
’The Bolshoi Ballet on the Screen’ season to open with one of the greatest romantic ballets.

Большой и кукольный театр
Beethoven Hall Première.

World Ballet Day Live Returns with a 23-hour live stream hosted by five of the world’s leading ballet companies on Thursday, OCTOBER 1.

Танцовщица года на международной сцене
For two years in succession a Bolshoi Ballet ballerina has carried off the Positano Léonide Massine Prize for the Art of Dance (in the Dancer of the Year on the International Stage nomination). This time round the prize was won by Bolshoi Theatre ballerina Ekaterina Krysanova!

Наш лауреат журнала "Tanz"
Our Tanz (Dance) magazine laureate!
Summing up the results of the outgoing theatre season, the authoritative German Tanz (Dance) magazine has voted Bolshoi Ballet premier Vladislav Lantratov 2015 Dancer of the Year. Lantratov is in good company: ballerina of the year is Alina Cojocaru, and choreographer — Marco Goecke, (while Company of the Year is Deutsche ballet am Rhein).

Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet

Denis Rodkin is promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Maria Vinogradova — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists, Maria Semenyachenko — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Alexander Vodopetov — from Artists to the Soloists.


The 239th season will close with the world première of the ballet Hero of Our Time. The Theatre dedicates its new production to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov, the great Russian poet, which was celebrated at the end of last year.


The flames of Seville will soon be blazing alongside those of Paris (viz., Alexei Ratmansky’s ballet-reconstruction The Flames of Paris) at the Bolshoi Theatre: for on July 15th, Bizet’s opera Carmen will be returning to the repertoire in a new production by Alexei Borodin.

Promotion in the Bolshoi Ballet
Anna Nikulina, Anastasia Stashkevich are promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Artemy Belyakov — from the Soloist to the Leading Soloist, Denis Savin and Igor Tsvirko — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists; Daria Khokhlova, Yuri Baranov — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Anastasia Vinokur, Angelina Karpova, Ana Turazashvili and Alexander Smoliyaninov — from Artists to the Soloists.

The Bolshoi Theatre’s only school abroad is in Brazil. It was opened in 2000, in the city of Joinville (State of Santa Catarina) with the noble aim of providing a profession to Brazilian children who are cut out by nature for dance and lack the wherewithal to obtain a good education, ballet training included (incidentally, there is no particular tradition of ballet training in Brazil). The education given at the Bolshoi Theatre Joinville school is really good — three of its graduates are already dancing with success as members of the Bolshoi Ballet Company itself. This year the Bolshoi Theatre Joinville School is celebrating its 15th anniversary and at long last the Bolshoi Ballet Company is off on tour to Brazil where it has not been seen for all of sixteen years.

The Bolshoi Announces its Plans for the Following Season!

Vladimir Urin, General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre, and Tugan Sokhiev, the Theatre’s Music Director and Chief Conductor, attended a press conference at which the Theatre’s plans for its next — 240th — season were presented to the public.

We give for
your attention the texts which were drawn up for the press conference.


The World ballet theatre has suffered a bereavement. One of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century Maya Plisetskaya, aged 89, has died from heart failure In Munich. Her bright personality and unique talent made an epoch in the world ballet history. She was a true muse of the Bolshoi Theatre. Audience of millions enjoyed her unforgettable dance. Maya Plisetskaya devoted all her life to her beloved profession and to the native scene of the Bolshoi Theatre, who will hold in remembrance her inspired art.
The famous portrait made by Richard Avedon (from M. Plisetskaya archive).

Farewell Ceremony for Maya Plisetskaya

Bolshoi Theatre General Director Vladimir Urin:
“Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin has acquainted me with that part of his joint will with Maya Mikhailovna, relating to the farewell ceremony and burial arrangements. In this respect, their last wishes are as follows: ‘After death our bodies are to be cremated and when the sad hour comes for that one of us who has lived the longest to depart this life, or in the case of our simultaneous deaths, our ashes are to be united together and strewn over Russia.’ The farewell ceremony for Maya Plisetskaya will be held in Germany in the sole presence of family and close friends”.

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