Russian State Ballet and Opera House® presents The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet with music performed by a large live orchestra.
After last year’s success, The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back with two new and vibrant classical ballets, The Nutcracker, with the Fairy Tale element and some added glitz from the beautiful costumes, and the intimate and moving ballet, Romeo & Juliet – both family orientated productions.
There will be no surprise to any that this production will be of the most delicate, intimate and powerful kind. This Company is known for its attention to details and, more particularly, for its dramatization in dance of the tragedy and beauty that these ballets are known for.
Accompanying these performances is its own unique and enthusiastic large live orchestra of with over 30 musicians to maintain an exuberance of performance in this new production which will leave you astounded.
Join us for an unforgettable journey in the run-up to Christmas and be part of the magic as it unfolds.
We met with Alexej Ignatow, the producer of Russian State Ballet & Opera House and asked, what makes his company so unique and stand out from the rest.
“Russian State Ballet and Opera House was founded to represent quality and passion for Ballet and Opera at the highest level.
"Unlike many other companies that travel to Europe with ballet and opera productions, we only focus on working with established theatres in the Russian Federation.
"These theatres have many years of experience and, most importantly, they have an established spine of directors and leaders which have gone through the best artistic institutions in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
"Our logo is the assurance of a quality production. Every year we aim to bring a different artist to the UK, which means that although you may have seen a Nutcracker ballet one year, next time the set, costumes, artists and even choreography will be different. It will feel like a different show altogether, but still with the same high level of quality.”
Featuring a timeless score from incredible composers, Pyotr I, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev, The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet are certified Russian classics, replete with evocative music and beautiful dance.
The Nutcracker’s ballet story is based on "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King" written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve which turns into a Prince, and the magic starts…
Romeo and Juliet is an all-time favourite classic love story.
William Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet was one of the first works of literature to inspire ballet choreographers – so perfectly suited to dance are its drama, romance and tragedy.
Set to one of Prokofiev’s most evocative scores, this production is filled with beautiful dance, riveting battles, and compelling drama, all amidst stunning production designs.
Full of mystery and romance, these ballets have captured the imagination of many generations over the years, and continue to attract audiences worldwide and inspire both young and old.
Alexej Ignatow added: “We often get asked how would you encourage people who have never seen a ballet before, to come and attend a ballet for the first time? And my instant reply is that you don’t need to be an expert in classical ballet or music. We ensure that the set and costumes make the production easy to follow. The music is beautiful and sometimes even if you get lost in the plot, just close your eyes to enjoy the music.”
Russian State Ballet and Opera House is a gem for the Russian cultural traditions, bringing as they do the passion and vibrancy of Russian character to one of the most well-known ballets.
They have ensured that these classic ballets remain just as spell binding today as they were when they were composed.
The Nutcracker includes all the favourite elements of the Tchaikovsky’s music everyone listens to on radio or at home such as : The Spanish Dance, The Arabian Dance, The Russian Dance, The Chinese Dance, The Waltz of the Flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ;
Romeo & Juliet is known for its breathless ‘Pas de Deux’, dramatic emotions and tragic tale.
The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet are considered by many to be two of the greatest and most loved classical ballets of all time!
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House will be coming to Swindon on 4 and 5 November at the Wyvern Theatre.
Do not delay in purchasing your ticket for the greatest ballets, The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet.
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