Trafalgar Releasing are pleased to bring to cinemas nationwide on Sunday, 19 May the final ballet in the 2018/19 Bolshoi Ballet Cinema Series, Carmen Suite / Petrushka.
In Carmen Suite, the sensuality of Carmen is unveiled through the refined choreography and Rodion Shchedrin’s score inspired by Bizet’s operatic masterpiece. Created by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso, this ethereal and voluptuous ballet highlights Carmen’s passion for Don José and toreador Escamillo.
The performance will be followed by Petrushka, the new Bolshoi creation by Romanian choreographer Edward Clug based on the popular Russian legend of the eponymous puppet. The action takes place during the traditional Shrove Week in St. Petersburg (“Maslenitsa”), which Stravinsky wanted to transpose in its full extent through a rhythmic score inspired by local folklore.
Edward Clug is familiar with the composer’s repertoire (Les Noces, The Rite of Spring) and exalts Petrushka’s cursed emotions through a delicate choreography. He has collaborated with renowned institutions such as the Nederlands Dans Theatre, the Royal Ballet of Flanders and the Stuttgart Ballet. In a perpetual quest for originality and modernity, Edward Clug joins the Bolshoi Theatre for the first time and delivers a creation that carries the soul of the “Ballet Russes”, the troupe that originally created Petrushka in Paris in 1911.