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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016


Dancing to Pushkin

Two new shows vie for the attentions of ballet and Pushkin lovers Wednesday. The Grand Classical Moscow Ballet's staging of the dance fantasy "Pushkin," with music by Andrei Petrov and choreography by Natalya Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyov, features Yevgeny Mironov reciting Pushkin's verses.

Over at the Bolshoi, Pushkin's fairy tale "Balda," set to Dmitry Shostakovich's score, is given a lively choreographic reworking by Vladimir Vasilyev with Galina Stepanenko in sparkling form as a priest's wife in the lead female role. The less successful "Insomnia," based on Pushkin's lyric poems, completes the Bolshoi's double bill.

"Pushkin" plays Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the National Youth Theater, 2/7 Teatralnaya Ploshchad. Tel. 292-0069. Metro: Teatralnaya.

"Insomnia" and "Balda" play at 7 p.m. at the Bolshoi Theater, Teatralnaya Ploshchad. Tel. 292-9986. Metro: Teatralnaya.

Bad Infection

Catch "Virus" at the Cinema Center and enter the sci-fi nightmare of a Russian research ship reeling from the impact of a crackling ball of electric energy from the Mir space station. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland appear on the scene to salvage the situation only to be greeted by an outbreak of mechanoid midgets below deck and a crew in disarray. "Virus," directed by John Bruno, plays in English with Russian subtitles Wednesday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Big Hall of the Cinema Center, 15 Druzhinnikovskaya Ulitsa, Tel. 205-7306. Metro: Krasnopresnenskaya.