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BOLSHOI BALLET (article first published : 2000-09-21)

The highly-acclaimed Moscow-based Bolshoi Ballet pays a much-anticipated visit to Durban during the prestigious company's first Sub-Saharan tour next month when they will perform at the Playhouse Opera from October 17 to 19.

The world-renowned Bolshoi Company has been in existence since the late 18th century when it was established in Moscow and next year in March it will celebrate its 225th anniversary. Known for its extensive classical ballet repertoire and largely acclaimed as the leaders in ballet world-wide, the Bolshoi Ballet will perform a selection of well-loved classics in a Gala Concert format.

Brought to South Africa by cultural entrepreneur Edouard Miasnikov and sponsored by Mvelaphanda Diamonds of which former Gauteng Premier Toyko Sexwale is chair, the Gala performances will offer a programme which will include Act II of Giselle as well as excerpts from Swan Lake, Flower Festival in Genzano, Spartacus, Le Corsair, Esmeralda and Don Quixote.

Starring in Giselle Act 2 is Svetlana Lunkina, who will be partnered by Andrei Uvarov alternating with Konstantin Ivanov, both of whom were acclaimed by the critics when they appeared in London last year and in the United States earlier this year.

As there are only three performances at the Playhouse Opera, early booking is advised. Book through Ticketweb on 0861 400 500 or www.ticketweb.co.za or Dial-A-Seat on 031-369-9444.




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