PREVIEW: Russian State Ballet of Siberia to perform classic shows in Northampton

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THE world famous Russian State Ballet of Siberia will perform classics Cinderella, Snow Maiden and The Nutcracker on a three day visit to Northampton's Royal & Derngate.

Promoters Raymond Gubbay will present the acclaimed ballet company live on stage, backed by The Russian State Ballet Orchestra, from February 24 to 26, 2022.

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Cinderella will be performed on Thursday, February 24 at 7:30pm – buy tickets CLICK HERE.

Snow Maiden is on the second night, Friday, February 25, at 7:30pm – – buy tickets CLICK HERE.

And there will be two performances of The Nutcracker, including a matinee, on Saturday, February 26, buy tickets for the 2.30pm and 7:30pm show – CLICK HERE.

Cinderella, which opens the run on February 24, is the world’s favourite rags to riches fairy-tale where dreams can come true - this production featuring a magical mix of Prokofiev’s energetic score, lively choreography and colourful costumes.

Whilst her mad/bad stepmother and her ill-mannered daughters prepare for the Royal Ball, graceful Cinderella can only dream of dancing with the dashing Prince.

Later that evening, her rags become a glittering gown and she is swept magically to the Ball. From that very moment the Prince is smitten, midnight strikes and one lost crystal slipper later, he must now embark on a journey to find his lost love….

This magical modern classic will delight the whole family. Critics have said “Dancing was sharp, precise and light of foot throughout…”

Snow Maiden, on February 25, is the story of the exquisite Snow Maiden, protected from the outside world by Father Frost she plays innocently amongst the dancing snowflakes in the enchanted Land of Frost.

Based on a traditional folk-tale, set in the snow covered landscape of the Russian countryside, this seasonal sparkler follows Snow Maiden as she dances into the human world.

Russian State Ballet of Siberia coming to NorthamptonRussian State Ballet of Siberia coming to Northampton
Russian State Ballet of Siberia coming to Northampton

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.

The Nutcracker, which brings the visit to a spectacular end on February 26, is the most famous of fantasy ballets for all the family.

It begins as night falls, on Christmas Eve.

Russian State Ballet of Siberia to perform at Northampton's Royal & Derngate February 24 to 26, 2022Russian State Ballet of Siberia to perform at Northampton's Royal & Derngate February 24 to 26, 2022
Russian State Ballet of Siberia to perform at Northampton's Royal & Derngate February 24 to 26, 2022

As snowflakes fall outside, the warm glow of the open fire sends flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath.

When midnight strikes we are swept away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems, toy dolls spring to life off the set, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins.

Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth.

The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

Anatoly Tchepurnoi is the Music Director and Chief Conductor, with Sergei Bobrov as Artistic Director.

Sergei said: "It is always a pleasure to bring the unique traditions of Russian Ballet to British audiences. Touring across the UK with a full company of dancers as well as highly skilled musicians is always exciting, for me, it is very special to have the power of a symphony orchestra bringing the choreography to life on stage."