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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Bolshoi postpones new McGregor Rite of Spring

ANNOUNCEMENT: BOLSHOI BALLET CANCELS “RITE OF SPRING” IN WAKE OF ATTACK ON SERGEI FILIN
 

“BALLET IN CINEMA” SPRING SCHEDULE (EMERGING PICTURES IN US, CINEPLEX IN CANADA) WILL BE REVAMPED

New York – January 31, 2013 --- Emerging Pictures today announced that its scheduled presentation of the Bolshoi Ballet’s new production of “The Rite of Spring” has been cancelled as the result of the attack on Bolshoi artistic director Sergei Filin. Earlier this month, Filin was savagely assaulted near his Moscow home by a masked attacker who threw acid in his face.
A new production with commissioned choreography by Wayne McGregor was planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of “The Rite of Spring.” The performance was to have been broadcast live in Canada and the UK March 31 and screened as part of Emerging Pictures’s Ballet in Cinema series in approximately 300 U.S. theatres beginning April 21.
Barry Rebo, managing partner at Emerging Pictures, said,  A suitable performance will be substituted for ‘The Rite of Spring’ in Emerging network theatres.”

In the UK, Picturehouse Cinemas have announced that they will show a recording of the Bolshoi in Esmeralda (a rebroadcast from last year) instead. 
Front Row Centre (Cineplex) events in Canada has not yet announced its plans. Watch this space for updates.
UPDATE: As of February 12th, Cineplex tells me they think it will also be Esmeralda in Canada.

The official release from the Bolshoi read, in part:
“The Directorship of the Bolshoi theatre of Russia, with the production crew headed by the choreographer Wayne McGregor, has come to a joint decision to postpone the production of ‘The Rite of Spring’ due to the fact that the artistic director of the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Mr. Sergei Filin, is hospitalized. The date of the production will be determined after the artistic director of the ballet returns back to the theatre.”


Instead, the company will dance a new version by Tatiana Vaganova, director of the Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinberg.


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