Sky Arts, 2014
Produced by Unique
Six classic Bolshoi Ballet performances discovered in the Russian state archive - never before been broadcast outside of Russia - re-mastered exclusively for Sky Arts and presented by Deborah Bull, who interviews Lilian Hochhauser, the impresario who first brought the Bolshoi to London in 1963.
Discovered in the giant state archive, the Gosteleradiofond, the performances of Swan Lake, Adam And Eve, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet date from the 1970s and 80s. The recordings have been in the Moscow vaults ever since their original airing on USSR state television.
Swan Lake was filmed during the 1976 production which marked the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Tchaikovsky's most famous ballet by the artists of the state academic Bolshoi Theatre. Directed by Yuri Grigorovich, the ballet features legendary dancers including Maya Plisetskaya and Alexander Bogatyrev, with the Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre conducted by Algis Zhuraitis.