June 7, 2017
Arguably the greatest ballet company in the world, the Bolshoi Ballet is unrivaled in its rich history as one of the oldest and most prestigious schools of classical ballet in the world and its international acclaim as one of the foremost ballet companies. That reputation bore itself out on Sunday June 4, in Jamaica at Palace Cineplex with the encore performance of A Hero of Our Time, captured live from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and made available to select cinemas.
It was the Bolshoi’s artistic director of ballet, Sergei Filin, who suggested that Possokhov and Serebrennikov should work together on a new ballet. Unhesitatingly, Serebrennikov, suggested a “A Hero of Our Time”, one of his favourite books. But however much one might love a book, not everyone is capable of bringing it alive in ballet. “I find it surprising no one thought of doing it before”, says Serebrennikov, “it is a quintessentially poetical and inwardly musical work. And where there is poetry there is ballet.”
The short stories about the military officer and Byronic antihero Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin, are told through travellers’ notes and journals, detailing his adventures during his travels through the Caucasus, a region at the border of Europe and Asia, between the Black and the Caspian seas.
The Bolshoi Theatre dedicated the production to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Lermontov, the great Russian poet, which was celebrated at the end of 2014.
Encore performances of The Bolshoi Ballet captured live from Moscow, are shown exclusively at Palace Cineplex in Kingston.