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Cinemacasts of David Hallberg's Bolshoi debut are Sunday

November 17, 2011 |  9:00 am

Hallbert -Bolshoi- copyright -Dmitry Kostyukov Top-tier Russian and Parisian theatrical performances are regularly given HD simulcasts in local theaters, but no cinematic ballet presentation has come with the anticipation of this weekend's debut of David Hallberg with Bolshoi Ballet in Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty.”

One of American Ballet Theatre’s most dynamic performers, Hallberg joined the legendary Moscow ballet company this season, and these theatrical broadcasts will capture his premiere turn with his new troupe, partnering with prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova and the massive company corps on the newly restored Bolshoi stage.

Music director Alexander Kopylov will conduct; the choreography is Yuri Grigorovich’s 1973 staging, with all the beloved Petipa traditions intact. Seven cameras shoot simultaneously for the 3 hour, 5 minute production (with intermission).

Dozens of area theaters are onboard to screen the performance, with most screenings in the L.A. area taking place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, several hours after the concert ends in Moscow.

The only chance to truly witness it “live” is to set your alarm for a 7 a.m. screening in Corona's Phoenix Big Cinemas Dos Lagos Stadium. Evening replays are scheduled on Tuesday and Dec. 6. Theater and showtime information is detailed here.

This is not the week's only news in the Russian ballet universe. Two of the Bolshoi’s principal dancers -- prima ballerina Natalia Osipova, 25, and principal dancer Ivan Vasiliev, 22 -– left the troupe to sign with the St. Petersburg-based Mikhailovsky Theatre, which recently hired Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato as artistic director.


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-- Jean Lenihan

Photo: David Hallberg in front of the Bolshoi Theater. Credit: Dmitry Kostyukov