Donetsk, Jun 28 — DAN. The first performance of the War and Peace ballet will be presented on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in September, A.Solovyanenko Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre Art Director Vadim Pisarev said.

“We’d like (to show the premiere) by Donetsk City Day which is marked on August 27 in 2023; we’ve always observed large holidays, but not this year, ” Pisarev said in an interview with the Donetsk News Agency. “So we’ll probably show it in Simferopol on August 23-24 and start preparing for the first performance at the Bolshoi Theatre on September 10.”

As of today, the choreographic part of Act One is fully completed, he added.

DAN reported in January that Donbass Opera, together with the Kremlin Ballet were working on the “War and Peace” show based on Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel. Soviet composer Vyasheslav Ovchinnikov wrote music to the ballet in the 1960s. Kremlin Ballet Art Director Andrey Petrov who worked on ballet choreography died when the show was in the works.*jk