A Russian ballet bonanza
It’s a huge OD weekend for ballet fans. The touring Russian National Ballet Theatre is presenting a sumptuous double bill featuring two iconic classical ballets over two nights.
Saturday night it’s a full-length Swan Lake and Sunday night it’s another cornerstone of Russian ballet, The Sleeping Beauty.
Founded in 1980 and with a touring company of 50 under the artistic direction of Elena Radchenko, these fullscale stagings to the music of Tchaikovsky epitomise Russian ballet traditions and heritage.
Swan Lake premiered in 1877 at Russia’s famed Bolshoi Theatre, and enjoyed a famous revival by Petipa and Ivanov in 1895. It is this version of the magical and romantic folktale featuring ill-fated lovers Odette and Prince Seigfried opposed by the evil swan-obssessed necromancer Von Rothbart and his daughter Odile the black swan, that the Russian National Ballet Theatre is presenting.
The Sleeping Beauty sees Princess Aurora cursed by the spell of Carabosse, and saved by the counter spell of the Lilac Fairy. After pricking her finger, Aurora is eventually awoken from her 100 year slumbers by Prince Désiré.
The original 1890 St Petersburg staging in grand imperial style was apparently one of the most lavish theatrical events of all time.
Accordingly, it has retained a special place in the Russian National Ballet Theatre repertoire since its establishment.
The touring large cast production is directed by Evgeny Amosov with all the grandeur and opulence the fantasy romance commands.
Both ballets commence at 7.30pm, with bookings and further details through the Regent on Broadway boxoffice.
Princess Aurora in the arms of Prince DeÂsireÂ during the performance of The Sleeping Beauty by the touring Russian National Ballet Theatre for a double-whammy ballet weekend.