PREVIEW: Siberian Swan Lake for Valentines in winter

THE ROMANCE of Swan Lake's story is one of the great unmatchables in the literature of world stage art. And St Valentine's Day '“ and Eve '“ find it at Brighton's Theatre Royal on February 13 and 14.

The performers are the Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia and they are no strangers to the Theatre Royal at Brighton.

I remember their Romeo And Juliet in 2006 with its chillingly dark conclusion with moving masks of death. What this time?

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A Russian take on Swan Lake is one of the must-sees in the early career of a ballet fan.

And from then on, the fascination with how they interpret a towering classic of their own culture brings audiences repeatedly back.

And that encourages Russian companies back on numerous return visits.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia's artistic director, Sergei Bobrov said: "We really love our UK tours. We see people here who really love and understand ballet."

The company were formed in 1981 and are noted for the quality and depth of their productions.

So in the two locations '“ the palace courtroom and the hunting forest lakeside - expect emotion, splendour, exhilaration and beauty that are the real deal. And wait to see how strong production and staging ideas are.

It's an enthralling tale, a full-length drama with its ending uncertain with each new production, and set to some of the world's greatest stage music.

That, of course, means Tchaikowsky's stupendous score which, more than in ballets of the era by other composers, is the strongest impact element of the work.

The Russians whenever possible bring a live orchestra with them, and that is the case here.

Tickets: 15 - 30.50. Box office: 08700 606650, Access bookings 0844 871 7677 (both with fees). Groups hotline 08700 602516.


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