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Macbeth stars Alexei Fadeyechev in the title role, and Nina Timofeyeva as his unscrupulous consort. Vasiliev has included most of the primary themes of the Shakespeare s drama the meeting with the three witches (the weird sisters who prophesy Macbeth s glory and Banquo s death), the gnawing ambition of Lady Macbeth, the murders of King Duncan and Banquo, and the torment suffered by both Macbeth and his wife after they have completed their bloody climb to the Scottish throne.
Vladimir Vasiliev has also elaborated magnificently on several motives that are tailor-made for choreography, while never allowing them to degenerate into mere display: the opening battle between Scottish and Norwegian armies and the banquet scene during which Macbeth defeats Banquo in a competition of strength. These are superb examples of modern ensemble dancing that heighten the dramatic impact of the work as a whole.
Vasiliev s major departure from Shakespeare comes at the end of the ballet, when Macbeth, hounded by specters of his victims, is suddenly surrounded by the weird sisters who lure him into their devilish round dance. As their infernal ring draws inward, Macbeth realizes that there is no escape, and dies. Brilliantly danced, and acted with bloodcurdling conviction, Macbeth is superb entertainment for all.
Alexei Fadeyechev - MACBETH
Nina Timofeyeva - LADY MACBETH
Valeri Anisimov - BANQUO
and the Company of the Bolshoi Ballet
Music by Kirill Molchanov Conductor, Fuat Mansurov
Sets by Valeri Leventhal
Choreographed, Written and Staged by Vladimir Vasiliev
I do not have the technical education to comment on this production, but I do wish to correct one of the statements made by one reviewer. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles E. Mitchell
This ballet was starkly modern. Surprising. I did not know the Bolshoi did modern. Costumes were interesting. Sets were virtually non-existent. Lighting was dark! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cynthia R. Grace
I bought the least expensive DVD of this opera in order to learn the music before October. I am planning on seeing it live in HD from the Met. Anna Netrebko will sing it then. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sonja Voss
If you're expecting Swan Lake, it ain't. But if you like passion, power and brilliant male bravura dancing there's plenty of it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert petito