'Raymonda' opens Strand’s Bolshoi Ballet season

Oct 11, 2019
Photo by: M. Logvinov A scene from "Raymonda."

ROCKLAND — A captured-live, high definition broadcast from Moscow of "Raymonda," performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

The Bolshoi Ballet In Cinema season will continue with "Le Corsaire" on Nov. 17, "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 15, "Giselle" on Jan. 26; "Swan Lake" on March 1, "Romeo and Juliet" on March 29, and "Jewels" on April 19. All shows are at 1 p.m.

In the story, Raymonda is betrothed to Jean de Brienne, a gallant knight who pledged to go on a crusade led by the King of Hungary. When her beloved leaves, Abderakhman, a foreign knight, makes a bid for the hand of Raymonda and threatens her fate when she rejects him.

"Raymonda" was first presented by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1898. "Raymonda" is considered a work of living dance history, showcasing the ballerina as the ultimate virtuoso. Being one of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s final works, he fully armed this ballet with beautiful court scenes, romantic corps de ballet dances, Hungarian czardas and a title role suited for the most outstanding ballerina.

The music is by Alexander Glazunov.

Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema brings world-class ballet, direct from the legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, exclusively to theater audiences around the world. Each production features a complete performance plus behind‐the‐scenes interviews with cast and creative teams and other bonus content. The 2019-20 season marks the 10th anniversary of the program.

Running time is three hours. Tickets are $15/adults, $10/students 18 and younger, and college students with ID. For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com, call 594-0070 or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

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