The Bolshoi Theater, one of the most storied and dramatic artistic sites in modern Russian history, encapsulates several different aspects of Russian history and culture. Founded by Catherine the Great in 1776 to help promote the ballet and the arts in Russia, the Bolshoi Theater has become centrally important to not only specific events and instances in Russian history, but also in defining the changing concept of “Russianness” over time. The sociopolitical history and material changes of the Bolshoi Theater offer a juxtaposing, unique, and ever-changing lens through which to understand the domestic and international takes on “Russianness.”
http://bolshoi-theatr.ru/photo.php (an unofficial website about the Bolshoi Theatre)
Note: does not appear to have rights information on the website since it is unofficial. Since the website (from which the main image was set) is in all Russian, however, there is a possibility that the rights were embedded and I missed it even though I translated the page.
Theater for dance, opera, and more.
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