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 to Lincolnshire next month with a vibrant new productions of Tchaikovsky’s classic piece The Nutcracker.
Former Bolshoi ballet dancer Konstantin Uralsky is the company’s artistic director who will bring his unique style and talent to the ballet performances.
The Nutcracker 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.
However, the doll then turns into a prince – and the magic begins.
A highly accessible ballet, The Nutcracker is full of familiar music such as The Spanish Dance, The Arabian Dance, The Russian Dance, The Chinese Dance, The Waltz of the Flowers and, probably the most well known of all, The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
It is also an enchanting feast for the eyes, and an ideal introduction to the magic and romance that is classical ballet.
“It’s fantastic to bring such a talented and inspiring Russian opera and ballet company to the UK to offer local audiences the opportunity to experience world class ballet performances,” said Alexej Ignatow, producer for Amande Concerts Ltd, who has co-ordinated this latest tour.
“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.”
The Russian State Ballet & Opera House has been presenting ballets and operas to huge audiences, worldwide, for more than 14 years.
Amande Concerts will be bringing to the UK some 250 performers from the company as part of their 2015 tours.
Every year, Amande Concerts works with directors and leaders from established theatres in the Russian Federation who have graduated from the best artistic institutions in Russia and the former Soviet Union, to bring world class ballet and opera to the UK.
“Opera and ballet is often thought to be ‘difficult’ and elitist, but this is not so,” said Sylviane Amande of Amande Concerts.
“Both forms are timeless and, like any art, they need to be presented in an accessible and attractive way to our audiences.
“Amande Concerts aims to stage our productions in a classical, traditional style that is familiar to all and makes them as accessible as possible.
“No experience is needed to enjoy these classics.
“The set and costumes, an informative programme and subtitles make the productions easy to follow and enjoy.”
The Nutcracker come to Lincoln Theatre Royal on November 16 at 7.30pm.
Tickets are £24 and £22 from the box office on 01522 519999 or online at www.lincolntheatreroyal.com or www.ballet-tickets.com