Russian State Ballet Heading to Bristol U.K.

Posted: January 3, 2015 in Society and Culture

SOURCE: http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Russian-State-Ballet-heading-Bristol-Hippodrome/story-25778432-detail/story.html

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Russian State Ballet heading to Bristol Hippodrome

By N_Banyard  |  January 02, 2015

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The Russian State Ballet is coming to the Bristol Hippodrome

  The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia are heading to Bristol with the much-loved Swan Lake and The Nutcracker

From the stunning elegance and agility of the principals to the discipline of the corps de ballet and the magnificent orchestration, The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia is always a tour de force. Now it returns to Bristol with two of the world’s most beautiful and popular ballets.

Swan Lake and The Nutcracker will be brought to exquisite life at The Bristol Hippodrome next week.

Arguably the greatest ballet of all time, Swan Lake is an unforgettable experience of romance and drama set to Tchaikovsky’s haunting score.

This immortal love story filled with magic, emotion and grace sees Siegfried, a dashing young prince, fall in love with Odette, the beautiful Queen of the Swans. However, evil sorcerer Von Rothbart is determined to use his magic to thwart their happiness.

From the opulent splendour of the palace ballroom to the quiet romance of the moon-lit lake, where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Following two mesmerising performances of Swan Lake, the third night sees the company turn The Bristol Hippodrome into an enchanted winter wonderland.

The Nutcracker is the most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family.

The story begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. At a party hosted by her parents, Clara receives the gift of a Nutcracker doll from the magician Drosselmeyer. Later, when all the guests have left and the house is asleep, she discovers that the Nutcracker is enchanted, and is swept away on a magical adventure, where toy dolls spring to life and the Mouse King battles with the Nutcracker Prince.

This sumptuous ballet with stunning costumes and sets has something for everyone, from the Land of Snow to the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Meanwhile, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score captures perfectly the spirit of Christmas Eve in this joyous fairytale ballet.

Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia is one of Russia’s leading ballet companies.

Based in the city of Krasnoyarsk, in central Siberia, the company’s dancers are highly acclaimed worldwide for their unique interpretation of both dramatic and comic roles, performed to the live accompaniment of the Russian State Ballet Orchestra of Siberia.

Since 2002, under the artistic directorship of Sergei Bobrov, leading dancers from across Russia have performed an expanding repertoire of new works and exceptional productions of timeless classics.

Sergei Bobrov said: “We are currently showing our performances in Krasnoyarsk, getting ready for our annual tour in the UK.

“This will be our 13th year, so we are strongly attached to the tastes of the British audience. During a tour all is clear and calm, we come completely ready. And my task is only to maintain the quality.”

Sergei, a former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, revealed that Swan Lake is a personal favourite: “As a dancer, my favourite role is Rothbart, the evil genius in Swan Lake. Swan Lake is a human dream of unearthly beauty, and a desire to be reunited with it.”

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