TRIPLE TREAT

Dancer Lina Seve­liova can’t wait to tour pieces from three dif­fer­ent bal­lets in A Rus­sian Triple Bill, set to se­duce Gold Coast fans next month

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Tapas may be a Span­ish tra­di­tion, but the idea of a tast­ing plate works just as well when it comes to bal­let. The Im­pe­rial Rus­sian Bal­let Com­pany re­turns to our shores next month with its new of­fer­ing, A Rus­sian Triple Bill.

The tour­ing show fea­tures scenes from three very dif­fer­ent works – Princess Aurora’s wed­ding from Sleep­ing Beauty, Les Syl­phides and Car­men – per­formed by an elite troupe of 40 dancers.

Mov­ing between such dif­fer­ent sto­ries, mu­sic and cos­tumes ev­ery night is a chal­lenge for prin­ci­pal dancer Lina Seve­liova.

“All three pieces are very dif­fer­ent from one an­other,” she says via an in­ter­preter.

“Sleep­ing Beauty is tech­ni­cally and phys­i­cally a very hard bal­let. Even in Rus­sian bal­let young kids are not al­lowed to dance it be­cause of how com­pli­cated it is. It has its own spe­cial style.

“Les Syl­phides is an old­school bal­let. The way you hold your shoul­ders, your head and your arms is dif­fer­ent from mod­ern bal­let.

“To move from one char­ac­ter to an­other along with the cos­tumes and make-up changes is the main chal­lenge.”

This will be Lina’s eighth visit to Aus­tralia with the com­pany, which has been tour­ing world­wide since 1994. She joined as a soloist in 2010 and just two years later be­came the Moscow-based com­pany’s prin­ci­pal dancer.

“The com­pany is re­ally ex­cited. We’re all think­ing about what to take. The weather is so dif­fer­ent from Queens­land to Tas­ma­nia. Some of the dancers are even com­par­ing it to Christ­mas, that’s how ex­cited they are,” she said.

“I have my favourite cof­fee shops and restau­rants in ev­ery town. I went to More­ton Is­land last time I was in Queens­land. Aus­tralia gives you a great op­por­tu­nity to be close to na­ture.” The Im­pe­rial Rus­sian Bal­let Com­pany’s A Rus­sian Triple Bill Tour plays HOTA on Oc­to­ber 10. Tick­ets start at $60, go to hota.com.au

Prin­ci­pal dancer Lina Seve­liova will star in A Rus­sian Triple Bill at HOTA on Oc­to­ber 10.

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