20th November 2015
Hello our dear readers,
We hope you are getting ready for a festive season full of snow, (maybe rain in England), mulled wine, presents, Christmas shopping, family time, and much more. Let’s not forget that attending the Nutcracker Ballet has been a tradition for many generations.
A nutcracker doll which turns into a prince…
Snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats, and Tchaikovsky’s rousing score performed live by over 30 musicians, are just some of the ingredients that will be brought together by this renowned Russian company.
A highly accessible ballet, full of familiar music such as The Waltz of the flowers and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Hurry and Book your tickets here here
As we only have 10 more performances before the Ballet cast of RSBOH will go back home to get ready for their own festive season in Russia, which starts later then in England.
Below are just a few paragraphs from our Reviewers from our Autumn Ballet Tour 2015:
‘The opening scene was particularly eye-catching, with its sugared almond colours and rich backdrops, and I loved the way the effect of the lake was achieved, with the swans intertwining in “waves” on the lake.’ – Nancy Hill
‘The whole company is to be congratulated for its versatility in performing both classical and robust character dances with vigour and enjoyment.’ – Margaret Willis, DanceTabs
‘Visually The Nutcracker was beautiful, all rich textures and sumptuous reds, greens and ultramarine blues. The second act ballroom scene was spectacular with the biggest chandelier you’ve ever seen. This ballet also gives incredible scope for costume design with all the different toy-based characters and this production did not disappoint. Visually it was stunning and a feast for the eyes.’ – Michael Hasted
23rd October 2015
The Autumn Ballet season 2015 is well under way and our local audiences have had the joy of watching Swan Lake Ballet, Nutcracker and Don Quixote all performed to a large live orchestra.
From the rich and ancient culture of Astrakhan on the banks of the Volga River, the renowned and highly acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns with three new vibrant, stunning and enchanting ballets productions which will captivate and delight the whole family.
Swan Lake – the greatest of all romantic ballets
The Nutcracker – an eternal seasonal favourite
Don Quixote – a wonderfully entertaining ballet
Directed and choreographed by Konstantin Uralsky
Former Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Dancer, Director of the New York Ballet Company and Ballet Artistic Director of the Glinka State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chelyabinsk, and Artistic Director of the Russian State Ballet & Opera Theatre of Astrakhan, Konstantin URALSKY has been creating ballets for more than twenty years and toured world-wide with the Company.
He is a classic Russian artist and his work is a phenomenon in Russian national culture, renowned for its creative expression.
A number of ballet productions choreographed by Uralsky are exceptional in their depth of philosophical conceptual thinking and valuable creative discoveries in the field of music and choreographic drama. His creative experience deserves attention and study of young, novice choreographers.
Uralsky never puts on stage frivolous, senseless, entertaining or purely formal performances. He is concerned about the problems of the modern world, especially the tragic conflict, to which he devoted most of his work. But he sees the world not from its one side only, not darkly pessimistic, but in its entirety with everything wonderful, positive and bright in life.
This all-around position seems to me the most efficient nowadays.
Producer Alexej Ignatow, who has co-ordinated the UK tour, said: “It’s fantastic to bring such a talented and inspiring Russian ballet company to the UK to offer local audiences the opportunity to experience world class ballet performances. We want to make ballet much more accessible and with such a renowned Bolshoi star as Konstantin Uralsky, as director, audiences know that these performances promise to be both stunning and magical.”
“Ballet is often thought to be “difficult” and elitist, but this is not so. Both forms are timeless and, like any art, they need to be presented in an accessible and attractive way to the audience. This is why we feel it is so important to present our productions in a classical, traditional style that is familiar to all.”
For more information and how to book tickets please visit our website
See you soon at one of our local theatres.
23rd September 2014
We now have less then a month until our 7th Ballet season kicks off in England. As you can imagine we are busy busy busy organising last bits for the tour. The posters are distributed to the theatres
The tickets are on sale and the ballet cast are busy rehearsing for their upcoming tour. This year we are bringing to you the timeless ballet Swan Lake. ‘The twinned role of the pure White Swan and the scheming, duplicitous Black Swan tests the full range of a ballerina’s powers, particularly in the two great Pas de Deux.’
The Christmas absolute favourite ballet Nutcracker. ‘The Nutcracker became one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions and perhaps the most popular ballet in the world.’
Giselle the greatest of all romantic Ballets. ‘Giselle, a ballet in two acts by 19th century’s French composer Adolphe Adam stands out as one of the most celebrated classical ballets.’
The tour will begin in Harlow on 17 October 2014 and will finish in Eastbourne on 07 December 2014. Please visit our website for more information.
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05th September 2013
After last year success Russian State Ballet and Opera House is back to perform The Nutcracker.
“The Nutcracker” Ballet created by one of the most famous Russian composers Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was shown for the first time on 18 December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre, St.Petersburg. It was performed along with Tchaikovsky’s Opera, Iolanta.
More than 120 years passed, and this performance is still an integral part of any Christmas celebration, along with Christmas tree and presents.
The wonderful Christmas story is based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve which turns into a Prince, and the magic starts…
We have decided to tell you the story of Nutcracker in our own words. Many people know the story of the Nutcracker as a fairy tale and not as a Ballet. If you would like to read the history of Nutcracker Ballet.
Please get comfortable for the wonderful journey to the Magical World of sugar plum fairies and the Kingdom of Sweets.
It’s Christmas Eve in the Siberhaus home and family and friends have gathered in the sitting room to decorate the beautiful Christmas tree. All the children gather together to light up the Christmas tree. The Children absolutely love the candles and decorations. They are seen to admire the tree.
As the party begins children are given presents and every one is having a good time dancing and talking. As the clock strikes eight a person enters the room wearing a black smock. After a few seconds we realise it’s Drosselmeyer, a local magician and Marie and Fritz godfather. Drosselmeyer gives handmade presents to the children. The four dolls that Drosselmeyer made himself dance around for the guests and everyone is amazed.
Drosselmeyer puts the dolls away and gets out a wooden nutcracker carved out as a little man. The Nutcracker is used for cracking hazelnuts so other children don’t take any notice of the doll apart from Marie. She admires the Nutcracker and plays with him. Her annoying little brother breaks the Nutcracker on purpose. As you can imagine Marie is very upset and sad that such a unique doll is broken.
Soon the party comes to an end and all the guest are leaving. During the night, after everyone has gone to bed Marie returns to the sitting room to see where the Nutcracker is. As she bends down to see the Nutcracker, the clock strikes midnight and she sees her godfather, Drosselmeyer. All of the sudden mice begin to fill the room and the Christmas tree becomes gigantic.
The Nutcracker also grows to a full size. Marie sees her precious nutcracker in the form of a live person at the head of a company of soldiers. They soon start to fight against a horde of mice lead by mouse King. It is only thanks to Marie’s assistance that the Nutcracker finally wins. She throws a slipper at the King of mice giving the Nutcracker a chance to kill the King. The Nutcracker invites Marie to accompany him to the Kingdom of Sweets.
The mice retreat and the Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome Prince. He leads Marie through beautiful snowflakes, which dance around them. A snow king and snow queen rule over the snow flakes. Surrounded by icicles, crystals and snowflakes, they perform a ‘pas de deux’ in honour of Marie and the Nutcracker and wish them a good journey.
When the Prince and Marie reach the Realm of Sweets, the sugar-plum fairy is summoned and organises a welcome celebration in honour of Marie, featuring a series of character dances.
The first group, “Chocolate“, is a Spanish dance, where the second group, “Coffee“, takes the form of an Arabian dance. This is followed by “Tea“, performed by Chinese dancers. Next, there is a fiery Cossack dance, followed by the “Cane Flutes“. The grand pas de deux, danced by the sugar-plum fairy and the prince, is preceded by The “Waltz of the Flowers“.
A final waltz is performed by all the sweets, after which Clara and the Prince are crowned rulers of The Land of Sweets.
Soon, however, the people of the land of the sweets begin to disappear one by one, until the Nutcracker Prince himself disappears.
Marie suddenly wakes up and realises that it was all just a dream. In the room around her, everything has returned to normal and the Nutcracker remains under the Christmas tree. But, this wonderful dream and this very special Christmas Marie will remember forever.
Join us for an unforgettable journey in the run-up to Christmas and be part of the magic as its unfolds. Do not delay in purchasing your ticket for the greatest Ballet, The Nutcracker. Visit www.ballet-tickets.com for more information.
20th August 2013
After an incredible 2013 Spring Season where Grand Opera of Belarus made its debut in UK with Madam Butterfly Opera and La Boheme Opera. We also had the talented Russian Cossacks touring across the Great Britain. The audiences were amazed at some of the tricks and dances the Cossacks did on stage. Have a look below:
We have been extremely busy this summer getting ready for our 2013 Autumn Season.
This year Russian State Ballet and Opera House will be performing The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. Most of the performances will be performed to a Large Live Orchestra.
We have selected to work with the Russian State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Astrakhan this year. This is a new dynamic Theatre that has already won many awards and is considered to be one of the best in Russia.
The Nutcracker became one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, and perhaps the most popular ballet in the world.The Christmas story is based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve which turns into Prince, and the magic starts…
The Premiere of Swan Lake transforms the classical ballet into a Fairy Tale. With instantly recognisable music and a captivating story of good against evil, Swan Lake is the greatest of Romantic Ballets.
Featuring timeless score from the incredible composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake is certified Russian Classic, replete with evocative music and beautiful dance. This Ballet has captured the imagination of many generations over the years and continues to attract audiences worldwide, full of mystery and romance.
Romeo and Juliet is probably the world’s best known love story. William Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet was one of the first works of literature to inspire Ballet choreographers- so perfectly suited to dance are its drama, romance and tragedy.Set to one of Prokofiev’s most evocative scores, this production is filled with beautiful dance, riveting battles, and compelling drama, all amidst stunning production designs.
Two innocent youths meet by dance, relishing the discovery and passion of first love – only to be shattered by tragic twists of fate and the destructive hatred of their own families.
If you would like to book any of these wonderful Ballets please have a look here at your nearest venue: BOOK TICKETS