Ballet like you’ve never seen before

Siberian Ballet's production of Swan Lake
Siberian Ballet's production of Swan Lake
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If you’ve never experienced ballet before then there’s the perfect opportunity to put that right coming up.

The Grand Theatre is hosting three of the most famous ballets, performed by some oft he best dancers in the world.

Russian State Ballet of Siberia, formed in 1981 and which has since become established as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies, is heading on a three-month long tour of venues throughout Britain.

It starts in Cardiff and Liverpool this week before coming to Blackpool on January 10, 11 and 12.

Based in the city of Krasnoyarsk, in central Siberia, the company – whose dancers are highly acclaimed worldwide for their unique interpretation of both dramatic and comic roles – will perform three different ballets over three nights.

First up, on Friday January 9, is Giselle, the story of beautiful village girl and her aristocratic but duplicitous love. The most poignant of all classical ballets, it combines powerful emotions and visual splendour in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave.

Swan Lake, the greatest romantic ballet of all time, and brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score, will be performed at the theatre on Saturday January 11. 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 – exquisite ensemble pieces and breath-taking solos.

The company round off their Blackpool stay with Sleeping Beauty on Sunday January 12. Every child’s favourite fairy tale, this ballet is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. It features stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets.

There will be matinee performances of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. The 2014 tour will be the company’s twelfth visit to the UK.

Tickets priced £24-£39 are available from www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.