A splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy, and suffering, THE LEGEND OF LOVE returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. Featuring dance movements, sets, and costumes inspired by the Middle East, this stunning ballet is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works. The storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines, Queen Mekhmene Banu and her young sister, Princess Shyrin. The Queen decides to sacrifice her beauty to save her sister from death, but later regrets her action when she is disfigured and Shyrin falls in love with the Queen’s own lover.
Arif Melikov (music), Nazim Hikmet (libretto), Yuri Grigorovich (choreography)
The Bolshoi Principals, Soloists, and Corps de Ballet