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Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 10/27/2011

Bolshoi Theater re-opening comes to the big screen

The Bolshoi Theater will reopen Oct. 28 after undergoing extensive renovation work. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
If your invitation got lost in the mail, or you can’t jet to Moscow for the re-opening of the Bolshoi’s historic main theater,you can watch the gala event live on the big screen. With chandeliers sparkling and fresh paint gleaming, the theater hosts an invitation-only spectacular on Friday, Oct. 28 —and fortunately for the rest of us, it will be screened live via satellite at 11 a.m. that day at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring, Md. The theater’s cafe has coffee and munchies you can bring in to your seat, and multiple cameras installed in the Bolshoi will offer close-in perspectives on the performers, as well as the big-picture view. (I saw a production of the Bolshoi’s “Esmeralda” ballet there a couple weeks ago, and it came across quite well.)

Scheduled to be performed are excerpts from the ballets “Don Quixote,” “The Flames of Paris,” “The Bright Stream,” “Spartacus,” “Swan Lake” and more--featuring principal dancers Natalia Osipova, Svetlana Zakharova, Ivan Vasiliev and others--along with operatic performances by Placido Domingo, Natalie Dessay, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Violeta Urmana and other special guests. Directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov; Choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, Serguey Filin, Pierre Lacotte. 105 minutes, all tickets $15. There will be an encore screening Sunday, Oct. 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Check these theaters for other Ballet in Cinema offerings:

- Phoenix Theatres Worldgate 9 in Herndon, Va., and the West End Cinema on M St. NW.

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