MOSCOW CITY BALLET accompanied by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 26th January to Saturday 31st January to perform two of Tchaikovsky’s stunning full-scale ballet classics, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.
These ‘big story ballets’ are the essence of Russian culture – composed, choreographed and premiered in Russia and combining virtuosity, technique, narrative and live music to create the ultimate dance experience. The wonderful spectacle of a large cast of supremely skilled dancers, gorgeous costumes and magnificent staging combine to make a truly magical performance.
A signature piece of Moscow City Ballet’s entire repertoire, Swan Lake is one of the great romantic stories, filled with drama and exquisite choreography. When Siegfried, a dashing young prince, falls in love with Odette, the beautiful Queen of the Swans, the sorcerer Von Rothbart is determined to use his evil magic to thwart their happiness, but they would rather die together than live apart. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and instantly recognisable score, Swan Lake is one of the world’s most evocative and beautiful ballets.
The Nutcracker follows Clara’s fantastical Christmas Eve adventures in the beautiful Kingdom of Flowers. Outstanding virtuoso performances make this production a visual feast of pure make-believe, with favourite characters the Mouse King, the Nutcracker Prince and the Doll bringing Drosselmeyer’s strange and magical world to life. Set to Tchaikovsky’s endearingly popular score, Moscow City Ballet’s original interpretation of this eternal seasonal favourite is an unmissable delight for all the family.
Moscow City Ballet features a company of exceptionally gifted young dancers, outstanding principals, stunning soloists and a sublime corps de ballet, accompanied by the dynamic vitality of a live orchestra. The company’s many international tours have long-established its reputation as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and previous visits to Bath have been greeted with delight by audiences of ballet lovers and newcomers alike.
Moscow City Ballet’s first appearance outside Russia was in 1989 in Seoul, Korea. Since then it has become one of Russia’s most successful touring ballet companies, performing regularly with its own Orchestra and in constant demand all over the world. The company has made successful visits to the USA, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines and Europe, together with performances in their native Russia and many other countries.
The company is drawn from graduates of the finest choreographic academies and schools in Russia and the Ukraine, as well as invited soloists from abroad as guest artists. Moscow City Ballet is renowned for the perfection of its corps de ballet in the best traditions of the Russian school of classical ballet.
Moscow City Ballet was formed in 1988 by the late, distinguished Russian choreographer Victor Smirnov-Golovanov (1934 – 2013). A highly acclaimed ex-soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet where he performed for more than twenty years, and between 1970 and 1989 served as Chief Ballet-Master at the Odessa State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Smirnov-Golovanov was committed to bringing his heritage of classical ballet in the Moscow style to audiences, including young ballet-goers, all over the world.
Now in its 27th year, Moscow City Ballet’s distinctive style endures both in production and rehearsal, due to the dedication of Ludmila Nerubashenko, Smirnov-Golovanov’s widow, who has led the company for the last few years, becoming Artistic Director in 2014. A former soloist at the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre, where her repertoire comprised over 30 leading roles; from 1989, Nerubashenko was a leading soloist and teacher with Moscow City Ballet, becoming Principal Ballet Mistress with the company in 1993. Ludmila continues to preserve Victor’s unique choreography and productions, as well as a commitment to promoting ballet in the Russian classical tradition to audiences all over the world.
In the past few years the company has expanded due to increased demand for appearances in Eastern Europe and internationally. Moscow City Ballet and Moscow City Ballet Europe rank among Russia’s most successful and extensive touring ballet companies.
Moscow City Ballet is actively encouraging a new generation of ballet-going youngsters by offering a half-price ticket rate for children attending with an adult, for the majority of the performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, subject to availability.
MOSCOW CITY BALLET performs at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 26th January to Saturday 31st January. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyalorg.uk