Grand jeté your way to the Derngate pronto. One of Russia's leading ballet companies has returned to our 'hood and we were in there like swimwear.
Known for their performances of exceptional quality and depth, The Russian State of Ballet of Siberia made a welcome return to Royal & Derngate last night. With breathtaking physical ability, the talented dancers took to the stage in a colourful performance of Sleeping Beauty, one of three classic ballets they’re doing alongside Swan Lake and Coppélia.
The first half was a bit slow but the second was stunning. The two principal female dancers were breathtaking, as was the male lead who didn’t make his appearance until the second half, but when he did, it whipped up the show ten notches. All of the couple soloists in the second half were uber-talented too, with an outstanding combination of grace and athleticism. It’s great entertainment and I would heartily recommend, even for ballet virgins.
The live orchestra was magical, with the 40 dancers and 30 musicians telling the stories with a mix of traditional and digital means, using imaginative staging against an ever-changing colourful backdrop with added special effects.
As for the others, Coppélia, a witty mix of crazy happenings and magic, is a light-hearted tale of mistaken identity and confused lovers, while Swan Lake is our absolute favourite; a haunting tale of the greatest romantic ballet of all time. All three shows will be performed across selected dates so take your pick.
Tickets available here