Bolshoi Ballet


Bolshoi, Royal Opera House

The Bolshoi Ballet is one of the most respected ballet companies in the world, and is resident at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

  • The Boshoi Ballet’s origins can be traced back to 1773 when it began as a dancing school for the Moscow Orphanage.
  • It became part of the Bolshoi Theatre when it opened in 1856.
  • Celebrated ballet choreographer Aleksander Gorsky is credited for revitalising the Boshoi Ballet in the opening years of the 20th century by encouraging realism over bravura performances in his dancers.
  • In the late 1930s, Igor Moiseyev, a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet, brought his skills to the company as one of the 20th century’s greatest choreographers of character dance, a style based on folk dance but with a greater emphasis on theatrics.
  • Yuri Grigorovich became the chief choreographer in 1964. He was later Artistic Director and remained in the post till 1995. Currently, he holds the position of ballet master.
  • The current Artistic Director is Anatoly Iskanov, supported by music director Vassily Sinaisky.
  • Famous composers who have worked with the Bolshoi include the  legendary Dmitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian.

Did You Know?
Nowadays the Bolshoi is famous for being one of the largest ballet companies in the world, with around 220 dancers currently performing.


Bolshoi Lost Illusions The Bolshoi's Lost Illusions at the Paris Opera

The Bolshoi returns to Paris with the acclaimed ballet 'Lost Illusions' and Classic FM was there to take in the much anticipated performance and enjoy the glorious surroundings of the Palais Garnier