Chapter 9 – Bolshoi Ballet

Bolshoi Ballet Moscow:

The Bolshoi building, which for many years now has been regarded as one of Moscow’s main sights, was opened on 20 October 1856, on Tsar Alexander II’s coronation day.

The legendary don Quixote had returned to the historical Bolshoi theatre. Created in 1869 by Marius Petipa specially for the Moscow troupe with famous character dances and pantomime life and in 1900 Don Quixote had found a second wind in the hands of enthusiastic innovator Alexander Gorsky, whose production became a classic. It is considered the main Moscow ballet, a carefully preserved monument. Since 1900 the making of Don Quixote is much more than just the scenery and costumes, it is an artistic extravaganza. Don Quixote was back home on the Main Stage with a vibrant new look designed by Valery Levental. A major revival of the ballet took place on the 2nd February 2016.

The delegates watched the ballet on the main stage, it had a run time of three hours and included two intermissions. The premiere of this particular ballet production had been on 14 Dec 1869. There were two intermissions during the three-hour performance.

Bolshoi Ballet – Main Credits:

  • Choreography: Alexander Gorsky
  • Choreographic version: Alexei Fadeyechev
  • Light Designer: Damir Ismagilov
  • Choreography: Marius Petipa
  • Music Director: Pavel Sorokin
  • Designer: Valery Leventhal
  • Costume Designer: Yelena Zaytseva
  • Ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet
  • Opera company: Bolshoi Opera
  • Orchestra: Bolshoi Theatre Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Pavel Sorokin
  • Principal Dancer: Ekaterina Krysanova
  • Soloist Dancer: Yulia Grebenshchikova

Kirill had maintained a presence at the bar on the fourth-tier level during the performance. It has two rooms, one with comfortable sofas and low tables, and the other with high round tables to stand around.

He had escorted the delegates to their seats and joined them during both intermissions. They had all made considerable effort in their appearance and had arrived on time as requested, for had they not, they would have been denied access to the ballet by the specialist security personnel by order of the Bolshoi Ballet company.

Kirill was no expert in fashion but did give each delegate a quick once-over as they had arrived:

Taya Morozov – “The Ice Maiden”

  • Black leather cocktail suit with wide lapels and raised collar
  • Red low-cut blouse
  • Pearls and silver jewellery and earrings
  • High-heeled boots

Zhen Li – “The Virgin” – (Zhen meaning Chastity in Chinese)

  • Burgundy cocktail suit with short skirt and high-heels
  • Gold necklace and tear drop earrings

Suzu – “Ding Dong” – (Suzu meaning Bell in Japanese)

  • Antique kimono in yellows and greens like her eyes
  • Delicate low-heeled slippers
  • Little jewellery

Sabrina Bellucci – “Godmother” – (After the Italian Godfather)

  • Red and gold cocktail skirt and jacket above the knees
  • Hair down in a few braids
  • Platinum jewellery
  • High-heels

Susanna Bancroft – “Psycho” – (After assaulting the person who vandalised her car)

  • Another pin striped suit
  • Red glasses
  • Flat shoes

Victoria Stafford – “Toff” – (Upper class English accent)

  • Cocktail suit long skirt
  • Long hair in one long braid
  • Tiny shoes
  • Silver stud earrings
  • Big Rolex watch

Tamara Krause – “Jackboots” – (German Robot)

  • Long leather boots, tied full length at the side
  • Black skirt to the knees tied at sides
  • Platinum jewellery
  • Blue glasses