The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., brings dance in HD back to the big screen with the Bolshoi Ballet’s production of Auber’s “Marco Spada” Thursday, June 5, at 2 and 7 p.m. Captured live in Moscow, it has brand new choreography, sets and costumes, and stars David Hallberg, the first American dancer to ever be invited to join the famed Bolshoi Theatre.

In the story, the bandit Marco Spada cheerfully plunders the surrounding region just under the nose of the Governor. He hides his identity carefully and raises his daughter Angela in a castle. Completely unaware of his double life and his clandestine activities, Angela is concerned about her love situation. She longs for Prince Federici but is shattered when she discovers she may not be able to marry him.

This rarely presented swashbuckling ballet was re-created specifically for the Bolshoi by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte. “Marco Spada” is a grandiose and unusual ballet both on a technical and dramatic level, thanks to complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, several changes in scenery, the participation of nearly all the corps de ballet and even the presence of animals on stage.

With its scenes of pantomime, devilish intrigue, rejected suitors, kidnapping heroines, rebellion and lovers' misunderstandings, “Marco Spada” is a fresh and joyful ballet, set to music by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber. It runs three hours, with intermissions. Tickets are $15/adults, $10 for students, available at or 594-0070.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or