Amande Concerts presents a season of classics with Russian State Ballet
Swan Lake – a compelling legend of tragic romance
It was 137 years ago when, for the first time, the world listened to the music of Swan Lake by the great Russian composer, Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky. From this point the world of ballet would never be the same again. A princess turned into a swan by an evil curse, and choreography that allows the very best dancers to show just how impressive they can be.
Giselle – the greatest of all romantic ballets
Giselle, a ballet in two acts by 19th century’s French composer Adolphe Adam and librettists Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier, stands out as one of the most celebrated classical ballets. Only Giselle’s powerful love saves the remorseful Albrecht from his certain fate, proving that love can conquer all – even death.
The Nutcracker – the eternal seasonal favourite
With music by Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, the Christmas story is based on ‘The Nutcracker and the Mouse King’ written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. A highly accessible ballet full of familiar music, The Nutcracker 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 begins …
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Producer Alexej Ignatow explains what makes his company so unique:
“We stand out because we pay attention to detail and put a lot of effort into choosing the best artists.
“I know that there are many companies that come together just to tour in UK, but we only focus on working with established theatres in the Russian Federation. With Russian ballet, you get passion! This year, we have chosen to work with the world famous Russian State Ballet and Opera Theatre of Komi that has delighted audiences since 1958, and are renowned for their ballet and opera masterpieces.
“We feel that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy ballet in their lifetime, which is why we are dedicated to presenting full and positive new productions in regional theatres. We want to give the opportunity to local audiences to experience these classics, give them great pleasure and inspire them to want more.”