Ballet in 3 acts
Founded in 1898 at the Mariinsky Theatre, last “grand ballet” of the 19th century, Raymonda is a masterpiece which is symbolic of a key period for classical ballet. Although the collaboration between Marius Petipa and Alexander Glazunov was difficult, (Petipa was by then an experienced choreographer whilst Glazunov was a novice at creating music for ballet ), Raymonda became an overnight success in Russia. New choreographic version from Yuri Grigorovich dates back from 2003.
At the castle of Countess Sybil de Daurice, Raymonda is celebrating her birthday. She is also about to bid farewell to her fiancé, knight Jean de Brienne, who is going on a crusade. At night time, on her own, Raymonda falls asleep and dreams that she is taken to a magical garden where she is reunited with her fiancé. Suddenly, Jean de Brienne disappears and an arab sheik takes his place and declares his passion for her. Raymonday is forced to accept. When she wakes, Raymonda discovers with horror that her nightmare has become reality…
Music: Alexander GLAZUNOV, Libretto: Yuri GRIGOROVICH based on a script by Lydia PASHKOVA, Choreography: Yuri GRIGOROVICH with original scenes choreographed by Marius PETIPA and Alexander GORSKY, Sets: Simon VIRSALADZE, Lights: Mikhail SOROKIN
With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre
With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet
Forum Cinemas, SIA