Northwest NEWS

May 22, 2000


Legendary Bolshoi to perform at Paramount

by Deborah Stone

   The legendary Bolshoi Ballet is set to perform at The Paramount Theatre with a week-long engagement June 14-18, closing the 1999-2000 Paramount Dance Series on a dramatic and dazzling note. The famed Russian troupe's Seattle engagement will feature the original Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky.

   With its 150 members, the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre is considered one of the largest in the world. Bolshoi dancers are known for their ability to produce classical and character dance with passion, power and emotion.

   The unique tradition of the Bolshoi took shape in the early decades of the 19th century, when great attention was paid to plot, and dramatic quality prevailed over the lyric. Dances were distinguished by vivid colors, dynamic changes of events, and highly individualized characters. After a period of decline in the late 19th century, the Bolshoi was revitalized by the brilliant Alexander Gorsky, who took charge of the company for the next twenty years. Over time, the Bolshoi Theatre became the center of national culture as a whole.

   The Ballet, now under the helm of artistic director Alexei Fadeetchev, is currently celebrating its 224th season. Seattle is one of four destinations on the company's U.S. tour. For ticket information, call 206-292-ARTS.