As the 1980 Olympic Games continue at Moscow's Lenin Stadium, another famous building in the Soviet capital is attracting huge crowds of Olympic visitors each night: The Bolshoi, one of the Soviet Union's proudest institutions, and famous throughout the world for its celebrated Bolshoi Ballet company.
GV Bolshoi theatre in Moscow, USSR
GV PAN Olympic official arriving by car TO Athletes sitting on steps of theatre
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SV Newsmen into theatre
GV INTERIOR Spectator's balconies in theatre
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Background: As the 1980 Olympic Games continue at Moscow's Lenin Stadium, another famous building in the Soviet capital is attracting huge crowds of Olympic visitors each night: The Bolshoi, one of the Soviet Union's proudest institutions, and famous throughout the world for its celebrated Bolshoi Ballet company. On Saturday (26 July) a large number of sports reporters attending the Games were invited to a performance based on the music of Chopin.
SYNOPSIS: The Bolshoi, with its impressive facade, is situated almost opposite the entrance to the Red Square in front of the Kremlin. Unlike the great ballet and opera companies in the West struggling with soaring costs and dwindling audiences, the Bolshoi is thriving as never before. It was in the late seventeen-hundreds that the theatre saw ballet and opera performed for the first time--until then it was the home of Russia's leading actors.
To the music of Chopin, this solo performance was danced by one of the Bolshoi Ballet company's outstanding young stars.
The ornate Bolshoi building with its decor of crimson and gold, was first built in seventeen seventy-six and then rebuilt nearly a hundred years later after fire destroyed the original theatre. Among the great names that have appeared there since are the dancers Pavlova, Kozlovski and Nijinski and singers Shalepyin, Caruso and Maria Callas.
The Bolshoi is only exceeded in size by La Scala in Milan, but stands alongside La Scala as the international home of the most famous stars of opera and ballet. It's also seen the first performances of some of the Soviet Union's greatest composers. But this great theatre never stops its search for new talent, both inside and outside the Soviet Union.