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The Bolshoi Ballet Comes to Phoenix Art Museum -- Well, Sort Of

This fall Phoenix Art Museum will feature something a little bit different from its normal exhibitions: Ballet.

Through a partnership with the Bolshoi Ballet, the Museum will stream live-captured performances by the well-established Russian dance troupe.

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The viewings are part of an initiative by the Phoenix Art Museum designed to integrate dance and theatre into the visual art world. Perry Allen, film program coordinator at the Museum, views the assimilation of dance- and theater-centric events into the institution's calendar as a move towards strengthening and uniting the Phoenix art scene. As he puts it, "Dance is an art modality not typically seen in museum settings, we hope to kindle even more local enthusiasm for ballet amongst our patrons while also inviting dance devotees to come explore the museum."

The series begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, as Legend of Love returns to the Bolshoi Ballet's repertoire after a 10-year hiatus. December will bring us The Pharaoh's Daughter, which loosely takes its story from the Theophile Gautier novel Le Roman de la Momie ("The Romance of the Mummy," um, awesome). January will feature La Bayadere, a love story set in India and choreographed by Soviet Great Yury Grigorovich.

After a brief intermission, the series will return in April and May with Romeo and Juliet and Ivan the Terrible, respectively.

Tickets to each showing are $15 for Phoenix Art Museum members or students and $18 for the general public. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Museum's website.

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