With the support of Emerging Pictures, we are pleased to present Ballet in Cinema, which brings a premiere ballet to our screen each month from the storied house of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. The new series showcases brand new ballets from the Bolshoi. The Winter/Spring program consists of 5 new productions: SPARTACUS, LE CORSAIRE, JEWELS, LOST ILLUSIONS, and THE GOLDEN AGE running from December 1 – April 27.

Exclusive to the Cosford Cinema the Ballet’s screen on select Sundays at Noon. Tickets are available to order online now. Tickets cost $15 for Adult, Senior, UM Employee, UM Alumni, and Non-UM Students. We also now offer a $10 ticket for youths (18+under) to bring in young fans of the ballet. Please sign up for our email list to receive more information about our Ballet Series, special events and upcoming films at http://www.cosfordcinema.com/#prettyPhoto[iframes]/0/

SPARTACUS – Sunday December 1 – 12PM
The Bolshoi’s grandiose epic SPARTACUS recounts the story of a Roman slave’s fight for freedom. With its famous Khachaturian score, since the 1960s it has been considered one of the greatest ballets in the Bolshoi repertoire. The choreography by Yuri Grigorovich fills the Bolshoi stage with dynamic scenes of tension and conflict, and gives full expression to the virility and strength for which Russia’s male dancers are renowned.

LE CORSAIRE – Sunday January 12 – 12PM
With a dashing pirate, a kidnapped maiden, and a dramatic shipwreck, LE CORSAIRE is a ballet that“bursts with dazzling ingredients” (WASHINGTON POST). In this new staging from Moscow’sBolshoi Ballet, famed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka refresh Petipa’s original choreography, inspired by Lord Byron’s poem, to make this classic a must-see for every ballet lover. Starring prima ballerina Svetlana Lunkina, Ruslan Skvortsov, Andrei Merkuriev and Nina Kaptsova.

JEWELS – Sunday February 16 – 12PM
Inspired by brilliant precious stones, George Balanchine exquisitely choreographed Jewels in 1967 as three disparate parts, each with its own composer and striking beauty. The ballet serves as a tribute to the three cities-Paris, New York, and St. Petersburg, all of which carved the elegance, aesthetic and style of Balanchine. Emeralds, honoring the French romantic school, reveals the most delicate of movements, while Rubies reflects the lightning-fast pace of New York in a jazzy, witty and sharp attack. Diamonds is an homage to the opulence and regality of Balanchine’s native Russia. Recently added to the Bolshoi repertoire, the dancers bring “a fascinating life” (FINANCIAL TIMES to this ballet that combines pure virtuosity, class, and elegance.

LOST ILLUSIONS – Sunday March 16 – 12PM
Based on French writer Honoré de Balzac’s novel, LOST ILLUSIONS is a new ballet created by celebrated choreographer Alexei Ratmansky set against the backdrop of 19th century Paris. Ratmansky, along with French dramaturge Guillaume Gallienne, tells the story of a young composer lured away from his friends and his love by the prospects of fame and money. This stylized adaptation of Balzac’s timeless novel blends ambition, disillusionment and thwarted love, while exploring themes of human nature and restless youth, set to a spellbinding original score.

MARCO SPADA – Sunday April 27 – 12PM
The bandit Marco Spada cheerfully plunders the surrounding region just under the nose of the Governor. He hides his identity carefully and raises his daughter Angela in a castle. Completely unaware of his double life and his clandestine activities, Angela is concerned about her love situation. She longs for Prince Federici but is shattered when she discovers she may not be able to marry him… Recently added to the Bolshoi’s repertoire in November 2013, this rarely presented “swashbuckling” ballet, now sees its rebirth on the stage of the famed theatre. Re-created specifically for the Bolshoi by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte, MARCO SPADA is a grandiose and unique ballet both on a technical and dramatic level: complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, several changes in scenery, the participation of nearly all the Corps de ballet, and even the presence of animals on stage… With its scenes of pantomime, devilish intrigue, rejected suitors, kidnapping heroines, rebellion, and lovers misunderstandings, MARCO SPADA is a fresh and joyful ballet not to be missed. Starring David Hallberg, Anastasia Stashkevich, Olga Smirnova, and Semyon Chudin.