Ballet feast for the Bay

Octayvia Nance

BALLET fanatics are in for a treat as The Stars of the Ballet Moscow return to Port Elizabeth next weekend as part of their nationwide tour.

Following their successful South African tour in 2011, internationally celebrated ballet artists, husband and wife team Anna Ivanova and Alexander Alikin, will be showcasing their talent with a host of celebrated Russian dancers.

The ballet is on Sunday June 23, at 3pm at the Opera House.

With choreography by former director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Yuri Vetrov, the principal dancers are led by the husband and wife team, who have both worked as principal dancers for the Imperial Russian Ballet.

This year’s programme features music by Sergei Rachmaninov and Pyotr Tchaikovsky, whose musical genius inspired much of the classical ballet repertoire. The first act features music by Rachmaninov with the one-act ballet Paganini, choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky, Adagio from Symphony No 2 and All by Myself.

The second act is a salute to Tchaikovsky, with the one-act ballet Romeo and Juliet and extracts from the classical ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

Port Elizabeth liaison officer for the Ballet Moscow Monica Hewitson said the show was already sold out. Whereas in previous years the Stars of the Ballet Moscow had presented two performances, “now we have only one”.

“One of the highlights will be the little Paganini, a piece of music that has been choreographed to create an abstract, classical, one-act ballet. It’s going to be a feast for ballet lovers.”

Port Elizabeth balletomanes who missed this show can diarise July 18 to 20, when the city’s Youth Ballet presents Peter Pan.

  • For further information contact Hewitson on 083-471-8893.

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