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Russian State Ballet of Siberia – Kent and Sussex performances as part of UK tour

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns in 2020 for a 22-venue schedule (2 January – 15 March). It will be the Company’s 18th UK tour and will feature exquisite performances of four of the world’s most popular ballets.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia is one of Russia’s leading ballet companies having built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are exceptional, delighting audiences with their breath-taking physical ability and beautiful costumes as each storyline unfolds to the live accompaniment of the orchestra. The company comprises over 40 dancers and 30 musicians. The productions merge traditional and digital worlds with an imaginative staging set against an ever-changing colourful backdrop with magical special effects.

Commenting on the dates, Artistic Director, Sergei Bobrov said, “It is always a pleasure to bring the unique traditions of Russian Ballet to British audiences. Touring across the UK with a full company of dancers as well as highly skilled musicians is always exciting. For me, it is very special to have the power of a symphony orchestra bringing the choreography to life on stage.”

Previous reviews:

“neatly and zestily danced by a corps of 24” – Financial Times

“The ballet company – one of the world’s finest – staged Tchaikovsky’s romantic classic two nights running at the New Theatre, packing the place with a spellbinding production of intense grace and beauty.” – Oxford Mail

“…It was vibrant, colourful, precise, charming, moving and wonderfully appreciated by a good house. A real class act.” – Bournemouth Echo

“… there was a touching moment during curtain call when the conductor was brought on stage – a reminder that the ballerinas are not the only ones who have put on a fantastic show, but the orchestra do a stellar job as well.” – Eastern Daily Press

Coppélia

Every toy has a story, especially in this charming comedy of errors, a witty combination of antics and abracadabra, set in a doll maker’s workshop. This light-hearted tale of mistaken identity and confused lovers follows mischievous Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz and the eccentric toymaker Dr.Coppelius as they are brought to life by sparkling choreography and the animated score of Delibes. Coppélia is perfect for first-time ballet goers, families and everyone in between.

Sleeping Beauty

Every child’s favourite fairy tale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the

fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Swan Lake

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. From Odile, the temptress in black tutu as she seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the swan queen, Odette, as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges.

The Nutcracker

This most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse King and his mouse army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins…

CANTERBURY The Marlowe Theatre Box Office 01227 787787

11-12 Feb Swan Lake Tue 7.30pm Wed 2.30pm & 7.30pm

13 Feb Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

14 Feb Coppélia 7.30pm

15 Feb The Nutcracker 2.30pm & 7.30pm

BRIGHTON Theatre Royal Box Office 0844 871 7650

17 Feb Coppélia 7.30pm

18 Feb Sleeping Beauty 7.30pm

19 Feb Swan Lake 2.30pm & 7.30pm

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