Bolshoi Ballet Begins American Tour at the Met

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The Bolshoi Ballet opens a tour of North America tonight at the Metropolitan Opera House with a performance of Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky's Don Quixote, in a new version by former Bolshoi director Alexei Fadeyechev.

The Met performances, which run through July 30, are the Moscow company's first at the opera house since 1987 and its first in New York in five years.

They include two North American premieres. The Bright Stream, with music by Shostakovich and choreography by Bolshoi director Fyodor Lopukhov, premiered in 1936 but was quickly banned by Soviet authorities; it was not seen again until 2003. Petipa's 1862 The Pharoah's Daughter, which was abandoned by the company in the 1920s, has been reconstructed by Pierre Lacotte, the French choreographer who recreated Taglioni's La Sylphide and other 19th-century works. Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus is also on the program.

After the Met performances, the company travels to the Mann Center in Philadelphia and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, California. A tour schedule is below.

July 18-30: Metropolitan Opera, New York
August 2-3: Mann Center, Philadelphia
August 5-6: Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
August 9-14: Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, CA

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