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Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns to New Theatre Oxford

Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns to New Theatre Oxford. Image: Swan Lake by M Logvinov (October 2020)
Russian State Ballet of Siberia returns to New Theatre Oxford from 10 to 12 February. Image: Swan Lake by M Logvinov (October 2020)

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will once again tour the UK marking the twentieth anniversary of the company’s first season in the UK.

Accompanied by the Russian State Ballet Orchestra, they will present the iconic and classical Snow Maiden, Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake at New Theatre Oxford from 10 to 12 February.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia – led by Artistic Director Sergei Bobrov and Music Director Anatoly Tchepurnoi - has established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and depth.

Since their first Christmas season at St David’s Hall in Cardiff in 2002, the company has completed 18 UK tours and has had success in Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Japan, Turkey, Bulgaria, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

Russian State Ballet of Siberia Romeo & Juliet
Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Romeo & Juliet

Sergei Bobrov said, “I am delighted to return to the UK this year. The response of audiences wherever the company performs is overwhelming. We can’t wait to be back on stage again in front of UK audiences once again.”

The ballets, brought to life with magical special effects, to be performed this season are:

Swan Lake

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. From the impressive splendour of the Palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

From Odile, the temptress in black tutu as she seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision to the spellbound purity of the swan queen, Odette, as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges.

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Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s tale of primal passion and timeless tragedy is brought to life by Prokofiev’s soaring score, set in bustling Renaissance Verona and with an emotionally charged choreography that befits the world’s greatest love story. From the grandeur of the masked ball to the intimacy of the lovers’ balcony, this star-crossed story of duels, bitter family feuds and love that cannot be, is unmissable.

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Snow Maiden

Protected from the outside world by Father Frost, the exquisite Snow Maiden plays innocently amongst the dancing snowflakes in the enchanted Land of Frost. Based on a traditional folktale, set in the snow-covered landscape of rural Russia, this seasonal sparkler follows the Snow Maiden as she dances into the human world.

Captivated by the colourful village and the people who live there, she ventures too far and is swept up by feelings of love, temptation and betrayal. When finally she surrenders herself completely and warms to love, her heart melts in a tragic embrace.

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Russian State Ballet of Siberia Snow Maiden
Russian State Ballet of Siberia’s Snow Maiden

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia was formed in 1978 by talented graduates from choreographic schools in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg. Many have gone on to become award-winning artists and made prominent appearances at international ballet competitions and festivals.

Delivering performances of sincere emotional and dramatic integrity, the company is proud of its dancers, who are highly acclaimed worldwide for their unique interpretation of both dramatic and comic roles.

Over 100 opera and ballet productions have been created for the theatre over the past 40 years, with many receiving high critical and public acclaim. Since 2002, Sergei Bobrov has been Artistic Director of the Krasnoyarsk State Ballet (Russian State Ballet of Siberia).

Leading dancers from across Russia have forged their skills and artistry under his direction in new productions of timeless classics such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia and La Fille mal gardée.

Under the direction of Sergei Bobrov, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia continues to expand its repertoire. In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, the company specializes in 20th-century full-length ballets such as Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus, The Golden Age, Mozart & Salieri, Electra and Antigone.

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