Originally a dance company for orphans, the Bolshoi Ballet company was officially founded in Moscow in 1776 by Prince Pyotr Urusov. They operated out of various private venues and eventually the Petrovsky Theatre, until the Bolshoi Theatre was built.
|The Bolshoi Theatre|
However, the Bolshoi's story does not end like this. After the appointment of Aleksandr Gorsky as Ballet Master in 1900, the company started to develop it's unique style of bold and athletic ballets, which combine complex technical aspects and bright colors. Today, the Bolshoi Ballet is world-renowned as one of the greatest and most influential ballet companies to ever exist.
Below is a short video in which some of the Bolshoi's principal ballerinas speak about their roles in the ballet Giselle, and how emotion and technique must be employed to execute these grandiose performances.