I took my mum to see ‘The Bright Stream’ performed by the Bolshoi ballet (all the way from Russia) at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The story, originally choreographed in 1935, is almost a romantic comedy set on a collective farm. The Soviet authorities weren’t happy with the play back then, and one of the collaborators was sent to the ‘gulag’ (which I believe is a labour camp). The play which I saw had been reconstructed by sought-after choreographer Alexei Ratmansky in 2003. And it was beautiful! So full of energy, beautiful dancing and amazing choreography, stunning music, pretty costumes and great acting. I was surprised how quickly the 2 hours went by and even more surprised that I laughed so much as there were so many funny and silly moments!
Images of the ballet from here.
Unfortunately, the Bolshoi season in QLD is almost over and the show is sold out so I can’t recommend it to you. However I read that Ratmansky will choreograph the new Cinderella by the Australian Ballet later this year. You might have to buy tickets to that instead! Or see ‘The Bright Stream’ if you happen to be in a city where the talented Bolshoi Ballet is performing!
Oh and here are some pics of the QPAC’s Lyric Theatre that we took before the show.
Ballet shoes at the bar.
Ballet shoes at the bar and tutus over the light fixtures.
Mum and I before the show!
The show was completely sold out and the theatre was full of people – even the souvenir books sold out!
Hope you are having a great long weekend Sydney!