MOSCOW CITY BALLET accompanied by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra makes a welcome return to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 11th March to Sunday 17th March to perform three stunning full-scale ballet classics, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty.
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.
Romeo and Juliet is probably the world’s most famous love story, following the fate of the star-crossed lovers from their first meeting to their tragic deaths. Set to Prokofiev’s dramatic score, all the hustle and bustle of Renaissance Verona is brought to life in this powerful production by the company’s artistic director Victor Smirnov-Golovanov.
One of Moscow City Ballet’s signature pieces, 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. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score, this is one of the world’s most evocative and beautiful ballets.
The delightful Sleeping Beauty inspired Tchaikovsky to write some of his most glorious music, and the ballet has captivated the imagination of audiences for well over a hundred years. This truly magical production features the delicate Princess Aurora, her gallant Prince, the beautiful Lilac Fairy and a host of fairy-tale characters.
Moscow City Ballet features 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 from packed audiences of ballet lovers and newcomers alike. The wonderful spectacle of a large cast of supremely skilled dancers, gorgeous costumes and magnificent staging combine to make a truly magical performance.
Artistic director of Moscow City Ballet, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, said,
Victor Smirnov-Golovanov established Moscow City Ballet in 1988. A graduate of the famous Moscow School of Choreography, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov became a soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet, where he performed for more than twenty years. Between 1970 and 1989 he served as Chief Ballet-Master at the Odessa State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Moscow City Ballet’s first appearance outside Russia was in 1989 in Seoul, Korea. Since then they have become one of Russia’s most successful touring ballet companies, performing regularly with their 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 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 The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, subject to availability.
MOSCOW CITY BALLET performs at the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday 11th March to Sunday 17th March. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyalorg.uk