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Mikhailovsky Ballet's First Visit to Britain

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Mikhailovsky Ballet first visit to Britain

Spectacular £ million production of Spartacus.

Over 200 artists on stage.

From St Petersburg in Russia the Mikhailovsky Ballet make their debut appearance in Britain premièring a spectacular new production of the epic Spartacus. They also perform the romantic era ballet Giselle and a Triple Bill programme including a classic, previously unseen in Britain, Halte de Cavalerie together with the flamboyant Paquita and Divertissements. This is a thrilling London showcase for this exciting company renowned in Russia for its high quality performers and productions and in Britain for one week only.

The company visit the London Coliseum July 22- 27 2008.

Choreographed in 2008 by George Kovtun, Spartacus has over 200 artists on stage. Costing over £1 million this is the most extravagant dance spectacular on offer in the capital. With virile male dancers, acrobatic lifts, an opera chorus and actors it stars world famous ballet dancer Denis Matvyenko as Spartacus.

The company also present:

The Romantic era ballet Giselle starring Anastasia Matvienko or Irina Perren, or Ekaterina Borchenko in the title role. Both are renowned for their dramatic and balletic interpretation. A Triple Bill with Halte de Cavalerie - The Cavalry Halt - a gem by classic master choreographer Marius Petipa (1818 -1910) thought to be previously unseen in Britain before and his ebullient classic ballet Paquita with its colourful and thrilling dances and a selection of exciting Divertissements. Full casting information will be available soon.

Listings Information:

Mikhailovsky Ballet 22 - 27 July 2008

London Coliseum St Martins Lane London WC2N 4ES.

Box Office Tel: 0871 911 0200

Web: www.eno.org


Tuesday 22 July - Thursday 24 July at 7.30 + Thursday Matinee at 2.00

Tickets: from £10 to £75


Friday 25 July 7.30 Saturday 26 July 2.00 and 7.30

Tickets from £10 to £70

Halte de Cavalerie, Divertissements, and Paquita

Sunday 27 July 3.00

Tickets from £10 to £65

Notes for Editors:

  • Founded in 1833 and named after Grand Duke Mikhail, brother of Tsar Nicholas 1st, the Mikhailovsky Theatre is renowned for its ballet, opera and theatre productions. During its history the theatre has also been called the Maly Theatre with the famous Maly ballet being founded in 1933. In 1989 the Maly was again renamed, this time after the Russian composer Modest Moussorgsky. In 2007 the theatre got its original name back – the Mikhailovsky Theatre – and it celebrates its 175 anniversary in November 2008.
  • Spartacus is the heroic tale of the gladiator who became leader of the unsuccessful slave uprising against the Roman Republic to music by Aram Khachaturian. This new creation choreographed in 2008 by George Kovtun received it's world premier on 29th April 2008 in St Petersburg to critical acclaim. With virile male dancers, acrobatic lifts an opera chorus, actors and a tiger (which may come to Britain) this is a sensational and awe inspiring epic production with gorgeous sets and costumes costing over £1.75 million.
  • Giselle is a ballet from the Romantic Era renowned for fine dancing and a challenging title role for the ballerina. Choreographed in 1841 by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot and later arranged by Marius Petipa with music by Adolphe Adam.
  • Le Halte de Cavalerie - the Cavalry Halt dating from 1896 and thought to be unseen in Britain is a gem by the master of nineteenth century classical ballet Marius Petipa to music by Ivan Armsheimer.
  • Paquita is an exuberant and flamboyant display of dancing with a Spanish theme showcasing the virtuoso dancing by the company. Choreographed in 1846 by Joseph Mazilier it was restaged by Petipa in 1881 to music by Léon Minkus.
  • Divertissements from the ballets, especially selected for this first ever UK visit, include the astounding Spring Waters to music by Rachmaninov choreographed by Asaf Messerer staged by his nephew the British based Mikhail Messerer and Ocean and Pearls by Alexander Gorsky

Casting will be announced later.

Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet is Farukh Ruzimatov, known to British audiences for his outstanding performances at the London Coliseum with the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet.

General Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre is Russian businessman and great patron of the arts Vladimir Kekhman. The restoration of the theatre cost over $20 million.

The ballet company are visiting with their full orchestra of about 80 Spartacus will be conducted by Mr Karen Durgaryan and Elena Obraztsova directs the Mikhailovsky Opera.


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