Today we’re proud to premiere an exclusive first look at the Bolshoi Ballet’s upcoming cinema season presented by Pathe Live, a riveting two-minute short film capturing all the fire and passion of one of the world’s most renowned classical ballet companies. The Moscow-based organization, known for its colorful and athletic performances, is home to many of the world’s most beloved dancers, including Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Olga Smirnova, Vladislav Lantratov and Semyon Chudin.

This year’s cinema programming includes traditional ballet classics like George Balanchine’s “Jewels,” “The Nutcracker,” and “Giselle,” along with more unconventional performances, such as William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Spartacus” and “Don Quixote.”

The short film, directed by New York-based Pierce Jackson and Dianna Mesion, provides a tantalizing look at what’s to come this season, from the glamorous costumes to the facial expressions that are pure intensity made flesh. The video is the first in a series of web-episodes of never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, which will be aired on this blog throughout the season. The dazzling footage, all shot in Moscow, provides an intimate look at the lives of Bolshoi ballerinas, from rehearsals to the performance.