Maria Alexandrova performs in the Bolshoi Ballet's Le Corsaire.
Maria Alexandrova performs in the Bolshoi Ballet's Le Corsaire. Damir Yusopov - Contributed by QPAC media website

Bolshoi Ballet's rare performances come to Australia again

THE Bolshoi Ballet needs little introduction. One of Russia's premiere professional ballet companies based in the country's oldest and most famous theatre, Bolshoi is known for its size and might.

Home to more than 200 dancers, the company is performing a season exclusive to QPAC.

The company returns to Australia for the first time in nearly two decades and will be performing two rare ballets for Queensland audiences.

Firstly, Le Corsaire is a shining example of the Imperial Russian style of the 19th century combining classical dancing with lavish sets and costumes.

Based on Yuri Burlaka and Alexei Ratmanksy's 2007 adaptation, Le Corsaire is one of the most expensive productions ever mounted by the company and has never been performed in Australia.

The Bright Stream is a 20th-century masterpiece which has been revived after it was banned by Soviet Union authorities because of its setting on a collective farm.

Renowned for its score composed by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Bright Stream features ethnic dances including the famously physical Cossack style.

Both shows will be performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Pavel Sorokin.

But if you can't make it to Brisbane then don't fear.

There will be a regional simulcast of the Bolshoi's June 4 performance of Le Corsaire at theatres in Ayr, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton and Toowoomba.

Le Corsaire plays QPAC's Lyric Theatre from May 30 to June 5 and The Bright Stream plays the Lyric Theatre from June 7 to 9.

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