An opportunity to see the legendary Bolshoi Ballet in live transmission of a ballet rarely seen outside Russia coming up on Sunday 26th October at the Phoenix Picturehouse.  The Legend of Love with music by Arif Melikov and designs by Simon Virsaladze is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence.

The royal apartments of Queen Mekhmene Banu are plunged into mourning – her young sister, Princess Shireen, is dying. The Princess will only be saved if the Queen gives Shireen her beauty. The Queen decides to sacrifice herself, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shireen falls in love with the Queen’s own lover, the painter Ferkhad.  This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.  (more…)