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SWAN LAKE & GISELLE (article first published : 2007-02-21)

The St Petersburg Ballet returns to South Africa in 2007, following the unprecedented success of their tour in 2006. In a pattern of sell-out seasons across South Africa, a staggering 63,000 people had attended the Ballet’s performances.

The ballets chosen for the 2007 season 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, by far, the largest Russian company to visit South Africa and certainly the only troupe to present full-length works.

The beautiful Adolphe Adam musical score for Giselle and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent Swan Lake will be performed in Durban by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.

The St Petersburg Ballet Company opens in Durban with Giselle which will run from April 25 to 29. This will be followed by Swan Lake from May 1 to 5. Tickets range from R160 to R375 (children R96 to R225).

Book at Computicket on 011 340 8000 or 031 369 9540 or on www.computicket.com




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