The Bolshoi Theatre (Russian: Большо́й теа́тр, tr. Bol'shoy
Teatr; IPA: [bɐlʲˈʂoj tʲɪˈatr]) is a historic theatre in Moscow, Russia,
designed by architect Joseph Bové, which holds performances of ballet and
opera. The theatre's original name was the Imperial Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow,
while the St. Petersburg Bolshoi Theatre (demolished in 1886), was called the
Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre. The Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera are
amongst the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world.
It is by far the world's biggest ballet company, having more than 200
dancers. The theatre is the parent company of The Bolshoi Ballet Academy, a
world-famous leading school of ballet. It has a branch at the Bolshoi Theatre
School in Joinville, Brazil.
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