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A story unfolds in dance

By Maria Gregoriou

K-cineplex is once again screening the ballet of the Bolshoi Ballet with the screening of a performance of the ballet Ivan the Terrible, live from Moscow on Sunday in Nicosia.

This is the last screening for this season from the Bolshoi and the run ends as it started, with a new ballet which is to be shown live in cinemas for the first time.

If you have seen the 1944 movie by Sergei Eisenstein of the same name, then you will recognise the music that will accompany the ballet as the score is the same, composed by Sergei Prokofiev.

In addition to the music, the story of love, power and plotting is familiar: young Ivan IV is crowned and chooses Anastasia as his tsarina. But Russian aristocrats plot against him and poison his beloved wife, resulting in him slowly going mad.

Although the story isn’t new, the spin on it is as choreographer Yuri Grigorovich first had the idea in 1975 to choreograph the life of Czar Ivan IV, both as a madman and a genius.

The ballet was an instant success because of its modernity and its display of Russian artistry on stage, something which makes the ballet still very popular today.

With Grigorovich – who called the ballet a powerful choreographic fresco – in charge of the dance steps, ballet has managed to portray historical facts, along with a passionate love swept away too soon, and the psychological deterioration of the man who is left behind with much success.

Ivan the Terrible
Screening of the live Bolshoi Ballet performance in Moscow. April 19. K Cineplex Nicosia, Engomi. 6pm. €18/13. Tel: 24-819022

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