|Thu 12 Jan 2017, 7:30pm–10:10pm|
|Fri 13 Jan 2017, 7:30pm–10:10pm|
|Sat 14 Jan 2017, 2:00pm–4:40pm|
|Sat 14 Jan 2017, 7:30pm–10:10pm|
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For the first time in 15 years the critically acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to New Zealand with the world’s most loved ballet Swan Lake.
Swan Lake is the classic love story between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess Odette. The tale of lovers divided by the villainous sorcerer Rothbart, this is classical ballet at its best, wrapped in Tchaikovsky’s glorious and unforgettable music.
First performed in St Petersburg in 1895, the immortal and enchanting Swan Lake, with its unrivalled “white acts”, its spectacular and dramatic ballroom scene, sublime music and deeply moving story, is the ballet that towers above all others.
Founded in 1994, The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers but also for its stunning, grand, full-length productions. The Company travels internationally complete with breathtaking scenery and magnificent costumes. It is the only classical ballet company in the world that is completely independent of government financial aid or sponsor funding. The Company has in its repertoire the classical masterpieces Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Les Sylphides, Paquita, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The incredibly popular company is in such demand that it gives 200 to 250 performances every year.
Tour producer Andrew Guild said: “The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is truly traditional Russian classical ballet at its very best. We’re delighted to be bringing this superb company back to New Zealand after more than 15 years. This is the real thing; grand-scale Russian ballet and a complete classical full-length work. If you see only one ballet in your life, let it be this.”
The 60-member St Petersburg Ballet Theatre comes to New Zealand from sold out seasons in London and Paris and has toured to six continents with performances in Spain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, USA, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, China, Macau and Taiwan. The Company last performed in New Zealand in 2001.
"A company with style, restraint and elegance. A company to be treasured." - Sunday Telegraph London
"The St Petersburg Ballet has left a considerable mark on the history of world ballet." - Danse Magazine Paris
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