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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


(The programme includes Acts 2 & 4 from “Swan Lake”)

Celebrated Russian composer Tchaikovsky created the music for three of the world’s most loved and enduring ballets – Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

His legacy will live on when Stars of the Ballet Russia tour South Africa in August with a stirring programme which features excerpts from both Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.

Choreographed by Yury Vetrov, former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, the programme will also feature excerpts from Paquita. Staged for the first time in Russia in 1847 for The Imperial Ballet of St Petersburg by Marius Petipa, the ballet was revived in 1881 with new pieces specially composed by composer Ludwig Minkus.

All three featured ballets are major cornerstones of the traditional classical ballet repertory and have been staged over centuries by ballet companies throughout the world.

Vetrov started his career as a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Theatre and then trained under the direction of world-renowned choreographer Yury Grigorovich before completing his ballet master training at the Bolshoi Theatre in 1982. He created the television film ballets Adagio and This Wonderful World and choreographed several famous dance scenes in the operas, The Spanish Hour (Ravel) and The Masquerade Ball (Verdi).

From 1990 to 1994 he was the artistic director of The Bolshoi Ballet and subsequently choreographed Don Quixote and Cinderella for the Russian National Ballet Company. He currently works as a choreographer in various Russian and international ballet companies and teaches at the Moscow State University.

The programme he has prepared for the Stars of the Ballet Russia South African tour includes Acts 2 and 4 from Swan Lake, the pas de deux from Sleeping Beauty and the grand pas from Paquita.

Stars of the Ballet Russia comes to Durban for two shows only on August 5 and 6 in the Playhouse Opera. Tickets range from R150 to R280. There are a limited number of tickets at R100 for pensioners and children under 12. Shows are at 19h30 and booking is at Computicket.