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Russian State Ballet of Siberia, the Black Swan in Swan Lake
Russian State Ballet of Siberia, the Black Swan in Swan Lake
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Dance lovers are to be treated to three of classical ballet’s best known and loved stories as the Russian State Ballet of Siberia comes to the Grand Theatre in the new year.

The fairy tales of Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Coppélia will all be brought to life in traditional productions from the highly regarded company.

Based in the city of Krasnoyarsk, in central Siberia, the company is proud of its dancers who are internationally acclaimed for their unique interpretation of both dramatic and comic roles, delivering performances of sincere emotional and dramatic integrity, a spokesman said.

“Since 2002, 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 and exceptional productions of timeless classics,” they added.

“The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, delighting audiences with their breath-taking physical ability and dazzling costumes as each storyline unfolds to the live accompaniment of the Russian State Ballet Orchestra of Siberia.”

More than 40 dancers and 30 musicians will be taking part in the 2015 tour, which comes to the Grand from January 9 to 11.

The opening performance is Coppélia, described as a ‘charming comedy of errors, a witty combination of antics and abracadabra, set in a doll maker’s workshop’.

The tale tells of mistaken identity and confused lovers, set to Delibes’ score. The toy story is said to be perfect for first-time ballet audiences and families.

Festive fun then takes over as night falls on Christmas Eve for The Nutcracker, which sweeps audiences away to a fairy land of toy dolls which come to life, and a Mouse King does battle with the Nutcracker Prince - set against a land of snow.

Closing the three-day run, is the great romantic ballet Swan Lake, set to Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. Temptress Odile seduces the Prince away from his pure swan queen Odette, showcasing one of the ballet world’s greatest challenges in the dual role of the black and white swans.

* Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Coppelia January 9, The Nutcracker January 10 and Swan Lake January 11. Call (01253) 290190 for tickets.