Discovered Bolshoi Ballet recordings to be screened on Sky Arts

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Newly discovered recorded performances of the Bolshoi Ballet are to have their UK premiere on Sky Arts.

The six ballets, found in the Russian state archive, have been specially re-mastered for Sky Arts. They have never been broadcast outside of the country before.

Swan Lake, which was filmed in 1976, will be the first to be shown on Sky Arts on August 11.

Other productions that will be broadcast include Adam and Eve, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Giselle.

In addition, Sky Arts has commissioned a documentary about the discovery of the ballets in the Gosteleradiofond archive. The recordings have been in the archive since their first broadcasts in the 70s and 80s.

The documentary will be presented by Deborah Bull, former principal dancer at the Royal Ballet.

James Hunt, director of Sky Arts, said: “The name Bolshoi is synonymous with excellence – it’s one of the most iconic ballet powerhouses in the world.”

He added: “Performance is at the heart of Sky Arts and ballet is one of the genres our customers are most passionate about.”