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BOLSHOI BOOKINGS (article first published : 2001-06-10)

In recent years the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet has made world-touring a priority and has performed in South Africa several times. This year the company celebrates its 225th anniversary season and an international tour which again includes South Africa.

Audiences at Londonís Drury Lane Theatre will watch the same programme as South Africans just a month before their tour to Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg. The Bolshoi appears in the Playhouse Opera on July 22, 24 and 25 to present a breathtaking new Gala Concert programme.

The first half of the Gala Concert features the full one-act ballet Les Sylphides, a work that is in the repertoire of all the major ballet companies throughout the world and has been danced by many legendary dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky.

The second half of the evening consists of extracts from internationally recognised works including: the Russian Dance from Swan Lake, the pas de deux from Le Corsaire, the pas de deux from La Sylphide, the Dying Swan, and the waltz finale from The Nutcracker.

The Bolshoi Ballet is once again brought to South Africa by Edouard Miasnikov who opened an artistic agency in 1992 to encourage Russian /South African cultural exchange.

Tickets R350, R250 and R150 at TicketWeb. Early booking is advised.




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