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The Bolshoi Theatre, A Renaissance

The restoration of the years 2000

The Bolshoi Theatre, A Renaissance The restoration of the years 2000

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"The Bolshoi is to Russian culture what the Kremlin is to power" according to director Denis Sneguirev.

Of all the great opera and ballet theatres in the world, the Moscow Bolshoi is in a class of its own. However, the Bolshoi was just a provincial theatre when it was inaugurated in 1856 to mark to coronation of Tsar Alexander II: at that time, the Tsarist empire had its capital in Saint Petersburg. It was not until the 1917 October Revolution that the Bolshoi, the 'Big' theatre in Russian, became the primary theatre of the new Soviet capital, Moscow. Lenin delivered his last ever public address at the Bolshoi, and Stalin announced the founding of the Soviet Union in its domed auditorium. The Bolshoi became a cultural icon of the rapidly expanding Soviet empire.

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  • Directed by: Denis Sneguirev
  • Venue: Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow, Russia)
  • Production date: 2011
  • Duration: 54 min
  • Production: © Bel Air Media / ARTE France / Groupe Summa
  • Available version(s): EN

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