"The Stars of the Bolshoi Ballet," featuring prima ballerina Natalya Bessmertnova, will appear at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, in the Browning Center for the Performing Arts on Weber State University campus.
The 30-member touring troupe, including corps and 11 principal dancers, is drawn from the Moscow-based Bolshoi Ballet's 300 dancers. Bolshoi means "big," and the dancers are supported by a teaching, rehearsal, technical, musical and administrative staff of more than 3,000 at the Bolshoi Theater.The company, which has existed since 1856, is noted for its emotion and vitality, and its bold technique.
Bessmertnova has danced many of the great roles of ballet since joining the Bolshoi. She is especially famed for her Giselle, and for her style, elegance and technical brilliance. She has been partnered by such stars as Yuri Grigorovich (now artistic director and chief choreographer of the company, and her husband), Irek Mukhamedov and Mikhail Lavrovksy. Anatoly Kucheruk, who will join Ballet West this summer, is among touring principal dancers.
The company's program in Ogden will begin with the second act of "Swan Lake," with Bessmertnova as Odette and Boris Yefimov as Siegfried.
A series of famous pas de deux will include "La Fille mal gardee;" "Flames of Paris," with Marina Kotova and American Bolshoi member Michael Shannon; Phrygia and Spartacus from "Spartacus," danced by Natalia Arkhipova and Yuri Vladimirov; "La Esmeralda;" and "the Golden Age" by Shostakovich, featuring Bessmertnova and Yefimov. The grand pas from "Don Quixote" will be expanded by corps to serve as a finale.
Tickets ranging from $25 to $40 are available in advance through the Dee Events Center, 626-8500, open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.