RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Come join and see the performance of the Bolshoi Ballet's "Spartacus" live in HD on Sunday, March 13, at the Ridgefield Playhouse at noon.
Grigorovich's "Spartacus" was created at the Bolshoi in 1968 and has since remained the Russian company’s signature ballet.
This most spectacular production is an epic tour de force, giving full expression to the strength for which the Bolshoi’s male dancers are renowned.
Principal dancer Mikhail Lobukhin is stunning in the role of the legendary gladiator, along with Svetlana Zakharova as Aegina.
The ballet tells the story of a young Thacian man (Spartacus) and his wife (Phrygia) who are among the many forced into slavery in ancient Rome when the Roman army takes over their homeland. The couple is separated at the slave market, Spartacus being sent to gladiator school while Phrygia becomes a slave for General Crassus, leader of the Roman army.
It follows their story through a gladiators’ revolt, Spartacus’ freeing of his wife, and his mistake in giving Crassus his freedom after beating him in hand-to-hand combat instead. Crassus gains his revenge by raising a huge Roman army and defeating Spartacus and his followers; a battle during which Spartacus is slain.
This performance is underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Sabina and Walter Slavin, with support from The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery. Media sponsor is WSHU.
For tickets ($25, $20 Members/Seniors, $15 Students – tickets are free for children 18 and under) call or visit the box office, 203-438-5795 or go online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org . Tickets are free for anyone 18 and under.
The Ridgefield Playhouse is at 80 East Ridge Road.
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