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17 May 2019 (Fri), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Small Stage - Modern Ballet Evening of one-act ballets: "Carmen Suite" "Petrushka" Tickets available only at

Schedule for Evening of one-act ballets: "Carmen Suite" "Petrushka" 2020

Conductor: Pavel Sorokin

Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
Choreography: Alberto Alonso
Designer: Boris Messerer
Light Designer: Alexander Rubtsov
Music Director: Pavel Klinichev
Choreography: Edward Clug

Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet

Carmen is as passionate and free-spirited as ever as she finds herself caught in a love triangle. The passionate one act ballet by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso originally conceived for legendary Bolshoi prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya will captivate audiences alongside Petrushka, a new creation for the Bolshoi by contemporary choreographer Edward Clug, in an evening encapsulating the soul of Russian Ballet.

"Carmen Suite"

Ballet in one act to music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin

Libretto Alberto Alonso based on the story Carmen by Prospero Merime

Choreographer: Alberto Alonso
Designer: Boris Messerer
Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
Assistant to Choreographer: Sonia Calero Alonso
Lighting designer: Alexander Rubtsov

Age category 16+


Ballet in one act to music by Igor Stravinsky

Libretto by Alexandre Benois, Igor Stravinsky 

ChoreographerEdward Clug  
Set DesignerMarko Japelj 
Costume DesignerLeo Kulaš  
Music DirectorPavel Klinichev  
Lighting DesignerMartin Gebhardt 

"Petrushka" Synopsis

Scene One: Butter Week (Shrovetide) Carnival 
Scene Two: Petrouchka’s Cell 
Scene Three: The Moor’s Room 
Scene Four: Butter Week Carnival (towards evening) 

Original authorial version 

During the Butter Week (Shrovetide) revelry an old Charlatan, of Eastern mien, displays his puppets who have come to life: Petrushka, the Ballerina and the Moor, who are performing a furious dance amidst an astonished crowd. Via his magic gift, the Charlatan has invested his puppets with the feelings and passions of real people. Petrushka has been given more feelings than the others, and he suffers more than the Ballerina and the Moor. 

He is bitterly aware of the Charlatan’s cruelty, his own lack of freedom, his isolation from the rest of the world, his ugly, comical appearance. He seeks consolation in the love of the Ballerina and it seems to him that she reciprocates his feelings when, in fact, she is only frightened of his eccentricities and she tries to avoid him. 

The life of the stupid, bad-tempered, but well-turned out Moor is the total opposite of that of Petrushka. The Ballerina finds him attractive and goes out of her way to charm him. Eventually, of course, she succeeds but Petrushka, mad with jealousy, bursts into the room and puts an end to the love-making. The Moor loses his temper and turnsPetrushka out. 

The Butter Week revelry reaches an all-time high. A merchant’s son, making merry with some gypsy girls, throws stacks of notes to the crowd, courtcoachmen dance with nurses in holiday attire; a group of mummers involves everyone in a wild knees-up. When the carousing is at its height, sobs from the Charlatan’s theatre are heard. Them is understanding between the Moor and Petrushka has taken a turn for the worse. The live dolls run out into the street. With a blow of his sabre, the Moor fells Petrushka to the ground, and poor Petrushka lies dying in the snow, surrounded by a crowd of drunken idlers. The Charlatan, escorted to the scene by the Policeman on duty, hastens to calm everyone down. In his hands, Petrushka regains his original doll-like appearance and the crowd, having seen that his shattered head is made of wood, and his body filled with sawdust, disperse. But there is a nasty surprise in store for the cunning Charlatan, who remains alone, with his puppet; to his horror Petrushka’s ghost appears above the theatre: he threatens his tormentor and mocks all those who had believed in his death.

Schedule for Evening of one-act ballets: "Carmen Suite" "Petrushka" 2020

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About This Video
March 19, 2017 during Contemporary Evening “The Cage” ballet by Jerome Robbins to the music by Igor Stravinsky and "Etudes" ballet by Harald Lander to the music by Carl Czerny premiered at The Bolshoi. Program included "Russian Seasons" ballet by Alexei Ratmansky to the music by Leonid Desyatnikov as well.

Music Director: Igor Dronov

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