The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia take in Brighton on their latest tour.
They bring The Snow Maiden, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake to the Theatre Royal on February 15, 16 and 17.
The Russian State Ballet is one of Russia’s leading ballet companies.
Under the artistic directorship of Sergei Bobrov, leading dancers from across Russia have forged their skills and artistry performing an expanding repertoire of new works, plus productions of timeless classics.
Sergei Bobrov, from the company, said: “It is always a pleasure to bring the unique traditions of Russian ballet to British audiences. Touring across the UK with a full company of dancers as well as highly skilled musicians is always exciting.”
Sergei continued: “Swan Lake, the greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. From Odile, the temptress in black tulle (who seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision) to the spellbound purity of the swan queen Odette as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges. Sleeping Beauty is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score.”
20-year-old Anna Fedosova is a principal dancer with the company. She was born in Perm, the oldest Russian city in the Western Urals.
“I started dancing at the age of ten when I went to ballet school. I joined the Russian State Ballet of Siberia two years ago after graduating from the ballet school.”
She’s looking forward to returning to England.
“I toured once in UK and I liked to be in England very much. I do not know much about British culture, but everything I have seen is very advanced and versatile.”
Life on tour is demanding.
“I get up early in the morning and have my breakfast, which I prepare the day before. then get ready for going outside and go for a walk. Then I travel to theatre and start doing ballet class. After that there is rehearsal, a short time to get ready for performance and then the show starts.
“I will be performing in all ballets on the tour, and my favourite is Swan Lake because this is the most beautiful and the most elegant role for ballerina. Every little ballet girl dreams to dance this character in her career. Normally I need half an hour to warm myself up before going on stage, and I do warm-ups in my special way, flexing and stretching legs and arms. I also need to keep my muscles warm between rehearsals and between show acts and for that I use wool warmers and sweaters.
“I wish to all young ballet dancers to fall in love with dancing, with everything you do on stage and then the audience will definitely fall in love with you.”
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