May 5, 2017
A Contemporary Evening, captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and made available to select cinemas plays this Sunday, May 7 at Palace Cineplex. The Bolshoi boldly takes on a new challenge in a triptych of works by three masters of modern and contemporary choreography. For the first time, the company performs The Cage by legendary Academy Award-winning choreographer Jerome Robbins, a master of visualizing and translating music to movement. Together with Harald Lander’s homage to classical ballet in Études and Alexei Ratmansky’s colorful folklore-inspired Russian Seasons, A Contemporary Evening brings some of the best dancers in the world together with masters of contemporary choreography. The result promises to be an outstanding synthesis of Robbins’s energy, Lander’s virtuosity, and Ratmansky’s witty brilliance in a programming first.
The late Jerome Robbins was an American choreographer, director, dancer, and theater producer who worked in classical ballet, on Broadway, and in films and television. Among the many stage productions he worked on were On the Town, Peter Pan, High Button Shoes, The King And I, The Pajama Game, Bells Are Ringing, West Side Story, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, and Fiddler on the Roof; Robbins was a five time Tony award winner and a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honours. He received two Academy Awards, including the 1961 Academy Award for Best Director with Robert Wise for West Side Story.
The late Harald Alfred Bernhardt Stevnsborg Lander was a Danish dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet. Lander. During his tenure as artistic director and ballet master of the Royal Danish Ballet from 1932 to 1951, he enriched the company’s repertoire with productions of Fokine’s iconic masterpieces and Bournonville revivals.
Alexei Osipovich Ratmansky is a Russian–American choreographer and former ballet dancer and the artist in residence at the American Ballet Theatre. He was the director of the Bolshoi Ballet from 2004 to 2008.