Film: Bolshoi Ballet Series

The Bolshoi Ballet is full of drama, seen onstage in its performances and offstage in the acid thrown in the face of artistic director Sergei Filin, almost blinding him (yes, he’s still there). There is more, though, to be seen in the current Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema series. So it’s Giselle, but the leads are ballerina superstar Svetlana Zakharova and, hold on, Sergei Polunin, the current “bad boy of ballet.” (Trained at The Royal Ballet, taken into the company, fast-tracked to principal status, surprisingly dropped out, much like GOP House speaker John Boehner and speaker-to-be Kevin McCarthy.) But here he is, live and on film Sunday, Oct. 11 at Cinemark Robinson Township, Monroeville Mall 12 and Cinemark 17 Pittsburgh Mills at 12:55 p.m.(click on Bolshoi). He is not listed on the company’s website, however (come to your own conclusions). Here is also the original on Vimeo (check others on YouTube). While the solo is debatable, the style is not. The tattoos are something else.

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