It doesn’t have to be Christmas to see ballet. There are only two ballet performances being streamed in the month of January, but quality is the factor here, not quantity. So, here is what’s on:
Live stream from Bolshoi Theater – The Taming Of Shrew
Stillorgan – Sunday January 24th
Running time 125 minutes
Shakespeare’s classic comedy ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’ is performed as a new ballet exclusively by the Bolshoi company, tailored specifically to their troupe of dancers.
Many men want to marry the beautiful Bianca, but her father has forbidden anyone from marrying her before his elder daughter, Katherina, is married too. She is the headstrong, stubborn shrew of the title, but her persistent suitor Petruchio fully intends to turn her into the ideal bride.
Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot and with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, this new version of ‘The Taming Of The Shrew’ can only be seen performed by the Bolshoi.
The Royal Ballet – Rhapsody/The Two Pigeons
Blanchardstown/Coolock/Limerick/Naas/Waterford/Stillorgan Tuesday 26th of January
Running time 180 minutes
A pair of contrasting ballets by the founding choreographer of the Royal Ballet, Frederick Ashton, ‘Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons’ are some of his finest, best-known works.
‘Rhapsody’ is one of Ashton’s final ballets, a non-narrative work which celebrates pure dance and was commissioned by the acclaimed Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. ‘The Two Pigeons’ is the gently humorous story of a young man who feels trapped by his mistress and falls in love with a gypsy girl.
‘Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons’ is a double bill celebrating Ashton’s work, and is the first performance of the latter at the Royal Opera House since 1985.