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ST PETERSBURG BALLET (article first published : 2006-11-19)

The St Petersburg Ballet will return to South Africa in early 2007. This is a result of the quite unprecedented success and the clear demand by ballet and theatre patrons to see first-class productions of the great classics.

The ballets chosen for 2007 are Giselle - a classic production of the work which was first performed at the Paris Opera on June 28, 1841. Often described as the world's most romantic ballet, Giselle was first performed in St Petersburg in 1842. The second work is the timeless favourite Swan Lake.

The St Petersburg Ballet will ship its complete sets and costumes for both full length works to Pretoria immediately after the conclusion of their four-month UK tour. The touring company of 55 dancers plus support staff will be the largest Russian company by far to visit South Africa for many years and certainly the only troupe that presents full-length works.

The beautiful Adolphe Adam musical score for Giselle and Tchaikovsky's magnificent Swan Lake will be performed by a full symphony orchestra.

The 2007 season premiere of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre will open at the State Theatre, Pretoria, on February 28. The St Petersburg Ballet Company will then play in Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth (Swan Lake) as well as Durban.

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