Russian Cossacks show local youngsters a SMASH-ing time
The Russian State Dance Ensemble of Astrakhan arrive in Swindon on 14 April to present The Russian Cossacks at the Wyvern Theatre.
Ahead of their performance, the Russian Cossack dancers met with members of local charity SMASH to invite them to see their spectacular show for free – see picture below.
Amande Concerts, the producers of The Russian Cossacks have kindly offered free attendance to twenty mentor/mentee partnerships from SMASH as a token of appreciation for all their work within the local community.
SMASH Youth Project
SMASH Youth Project is a Swindon-based charity which offers intensive long-term mentoring relationships for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people aged between 13 and 19 years old.
Trained volunteer mentors spend about 3 hours per week with their assigned individual for one year, partaking in one-to-one meetings as well as occasional group activities which are all aimed to give the mentees respite from their problems or just an opportunity to have fun and enjoy themselves.
“Many of the young people will not have been to the theatre before, coming from backgrounds that mean that they would not have had the opportunity to do so,” said local SMASH volunteer Craig Waldron. “And, as we are a charity, funds are always limited for us.”
“I am thrilled that, with The Russian State Dance Ensemble, we have been able to offer these local young people the chance to watch a live show in their local theatre,” said Theatre Director Derek Aldridge. “Theatre, after all, is for everyone.”
Eclectic dance spectacular
The Russian Cossacks is an eclectic dance spectacular that comes from the producers who brought Madame Butterfly and La Boheme to Swindon last month. With original choreography, this company of artists from the ballet, orchestral and choir genres has previously performed all around the world.
The Cossacks fiery dances and songs are as true and honest as the souls of their country folk, exuding yearning, bravery, hope, love and passion. The highlight of this spectacular show is the Great Cossack Dance for which special sabres have been made of titanium, ensuring sparks really do fly.
300 costumes, 40 world-class performers and 1,000 litres of Vodka can only mean one thing – The Russian Cossacks at the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, on Sunday 14 April.
Book tickets today at wyverntheatre.org.uk or by calling the Ticket Office on 01793 524 481.
The SMASH website is currently under construction, however for more information you can email the charity at: email@example.com or find them on Facebook under SMASH Youth Project.