SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Russians are coming.
Russia’s legendary Bolshoi Ballet, the largest ballet company in the world, will perform at Saratoga Performing Arts Center as one of only three United States locations from July 30 to Aug. 1, announced President and Executive Director Marcia J. White at the annual October meeting of the board of directors.
The Moscow-based company of more than 200 dancers, a revered symbol of Russian culture, is famous for elaborately staged productions of classics and a bold, dramatic style. The company’s SPAC engagement will feature four performances of its signature production of Don Quixote.
“The grandeur, history and artistry of the legendary Bolshoi Ballet have affirmed its status as one of the world’s great ballet companies,” said White. “In 2014, SPAC’s stage will mark a milestone when it becomes the showcase for Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet and one of its most thrilling and elaborate productions, the full-length story ballet ‘Don Quixote.’”
Founded in 1776, the Bolshoi Ballet is among the world’s oldest and most renowned ballet companies. Known for bold choreography, outstanding ensemble skills and lavish scenery and costumes, the Bolshoi is characterized by power, strong technique, athleticism and dramatic intensity. The company also will be accompanied by its 80-piece orchestra.
“We are honored to present the iconic Bolshoi Ballet on the heels of an extraordinary artistic season that will welcome back our beloved resident company, the New York City Ballet. The wide breadth of
Summer programming also will include engagements by resident company, the New York City Ballet ; contemporary group, Martha Graham Dance Company; and MOMIX.
SPAC’s 2014 Season
Martha Graham Dance Company: June 12
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival: June 28- 29
New York City Ballet: July 8-12
New York City Ballet Gala: July 12
MOMIX : July 22
Bolshoi Ballet: July 30- Aug. 1
The Philadelphia Orchestra: Aug. 6- 23
Chamber Music Festival : Aug. 11- 26
Saratoga Wine & Food Festival: Sept. 5-7