The Russian theatres will not be taking part in World Ballet Day on 2 November, but The Bolshoi Theatre will host its annual live stream of dance on its YouTube channel on the eve of World Ballet Day.
This year, the rehearsals of Don Quixote on the theatre’s main Historic Stage is one of the highlights of the company’s transmission where Kristina Kretova as Kitri and principal dancer Denis Rodkin as Basilio will be rehearsing the final pas de deux. The Bolshoi Ballet’s Artistic Director, Makhar Vaziev, will take the rehearsal with the full Bolshoi Orchestra in the pit, conducted by Pavel Sorokin.
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