(Anna Galayda’s article appeared in Russia Beyond the Headlines, 12/30.)
Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the name Yury Grigorovich was synonymous with the Bolshoi Theater. That association remains still: The Bolshoi Theater will devote January and February 2017 to commemorating Grigorovich. Russia’s main theater will present a complete collection of the great choreographer’s ballets on its Historic Stage.
For his part, the indefatigable Grigorovich opened this season with a revival of Shostakovich’s The Golden Age at the Bolshoi, followed by Prokofiev’s The Stone Flower at the Mariinsky, and the Aram Khachaturian ballet Spartacus in Munich and Antwerp. Where does the 90-year-old choreographer get the energy for all this?