A Rus­sian bal­let bo­nanza

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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Princess Aurora in the arms of Prince DeÂsire dur­ing the per­for­mance of The Sleep­ing Beauty by the tour­ing Rus­sian Na­tional Bal­let Theatre for a dou­ble-whammy bal­let week­end.

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