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Romantic ballet is a festival favourite

Russian State Ballet and Opera House

Dancers from the Russian State Ballet and Opera House in a scene from Swan Lake

Russian State Ballet and Opera House Dancers from the Russian State Ballet and Opera House in a scene from Swan Lake

One of the best-loved romantic ballets of all time will grace the stage of a Portsmouth theatre next week.

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is bringing Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to the Kings Theatre, Southsea, for one night only.

Accompanied by a full orchestra, the ballet with its instantly recognisable score is a perennial Christmas favourite and is guaranteed to put you in the festive mood.

Composed between 1875 and 1876, and still scored to Tchaikovsky’s original music, Swan Lake was first performed at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1877 as The Lake of Swans. The ballet tells the story of Odette, a young princess who is turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer and can only be saved by her prince’s everlasting love and eternal devotion, overcoming the forces conspiring to deceive and separate them.

Today Swan Lake continues to capture the imagination of its audience and inspire both young and old with its beautiful love story.

The world-famous Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi has delighted audiences since 1958.

Alexej Ignatow, the producer for Amande Concerts says: ‘We take pride in introducing new ballet companies and thoroughly enjoy bringing them to perform to audiences in the UK.

‘We endeavour to bring 
different artists every year. 
So even you may have seen Swan Lake one year, our performance the following year will contain different sets, costumes and choreography.”

The company comprises 45 dancers and a 30-piece orchestra.

Swan Lake is at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, on Friday, November 16, at 7.30pm. Tickets £29 plus concessions from kings-southsea.com or (023) 9282 8282.

 

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