Festival In Honor of Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky


Festival to commemorate 180th anniversary of Pyotr Iliych Tchaikovsky will be held from September to December on all stages of the Bolshoi Theatre. Program includes four operas, five ballets and five concert programs.
Jewels (11-14 November, conductor – Pavel Sorokin) and The Nutcracker (18 November, conductor – Pavel Klinichev) will continue the program.

Jewels by George Balanchine, initially staged at New York City Ballet in 1967, made it into history as the first full-length plotless ballet. Three composers set its three parts on music: Emeralds to music by Gabriel Fauré, Rubies to I. Stravinsky, Diamonds to P. Tchaikovsky. For Diamonds, Balanchine took II-IV parts from Symphony No. 3 by Tchaikovsky. Symphony No. 3 has a special place in composer’s artwork: the only major, the only that has five parts; it is ‘odd’, ‘suite’, diverse – and so dancing. It is presumed that all three parts of ballet reflect three counties, three cultures and three ballet epochs. Diamonds represent the magnificent image of emperor St. Petersburg ballet, and it is like crowning this sparkly festival of dance.

The Nutcracker is a main hit of winter repertoire not only of the Bolshoi Theatre, but also at all music theatres around the globe. Permanently and for a long time, it is associated with the magical period of waiting for a miracle and sensing something new and uncharted. Musical critic Boris Asafyev wrote about this ballet: “The Nutcracker is absolutely another and solitary phenomenon: it is a symphony about childhood. Or rather when childhood is on watershed. When hopes of unknown adolescence are already troubling the mind, yet children’s skills and fears are not faded away... When dreams entail thoughts and feelings forward, into subconscious – into anticipated life. Like walls of children’s room slide open, and hero and heroine’s thoughts and dreams break out into fresh air – into the forest, nature, towards wind, blizzard, to the stars and pink ocean of hopes”. Yuri Grigorovich noted about his Nutcracker production: “I was dreaming about the embodiment of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. I wanted to express his genius music from my own understanding. In other words, I decided to completely entrust the composer and his score. So after the premiere I could say –I just listened to music and followed it”. This performance became one of the theatre’s signature. It was shown more than a hundreds of times during tours in different countries, repeatedly it was recorded and broadcasted. Yuri Grigorovich’s The Nutcracker was staged over fifty years ago at the Bolshoi, and each time met ongoing success.

Festival full program