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SWAN LAKE (article first published : 2006-04-21)

Swan Lake, the world's favourite ballet, performed by the St Petersburg Ballet Company, is a classical ballet company of 55 superb dancers. Fresh from playing at the London Royal Albert Hall, where it drew full houses and lavish praise, the St Petersburg Ballet Company’s magnificent production of Swan Lake is touring South Africa and will reach Durban shortly.

Konstantin Tachkin’s St Petersburg Ballet Company provides a rare opportunity for South African audiences to experience the complete Swan Lake - three acts in four scenes - with South African orchestras from each region under the baton of Russian principal conductor Alexander Kantorov. The ballet follows the original choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa.

The production has been applauded around the world and the legendary prima ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova is considered by Ann Nugent of Dance Magazine to be “exquisite” and believes “she is a dancer of magnetic power, so much so that any ballet company in the world would welcome her with open arms”.

Of the company she writes that… “The Swans are finely schooled”; “The dance of the Cygnets was magnificently articulated and unified, as good as any I’ve seen in decades” and …“The dancers seemed to achieve the near impossible”. Irina’s role is shared with equally magnificent dancers, Eleonora Adeeva and Sabina Yapparova.

Accompanied in KwaZulu-Natal by the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, the production opens its Durban run at the Playhouse on April 26.

Due to the overwhelming call for tickets, an additional two shows have been included to meet the Durban demand – these will take place on April 26 and May 1 both at 19h30.

The St Petersburg Ballet Company with its 55 principals, soloists and a full corps de ballet, are brought to South Africa by International Producer Michael Edgley. It was Edgley who staged the blockbuster tour of The Great Moscow Circus earlier this year and has returned with a brand new circus also currently touring South Africa.

“In my forty years in the entertainment business I have presented many classical ballet companies,” says Michael Edgley. “The St Petersburg Ballet is an absolute gem. Their production of Swan Lake is theatrical, lavish and magnificently danced. South Africa is due for an absolute treat!”

Tickets R150, R250 and R350. Pensioners and children under 13 have a 40% discount on all performances except Saturday evenings. Block booking for ten or more are available, weekdays only. Book at Computicket on 083 915 8000 or online at www.computicket.com




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