R is for Russian Ballet, Crown of the Russian Ballet (A-Z Challenge, April 2014)

The other day I received a press release about the Crown of the Russian Ballet, a company which is making a four city tour of South Africa in May 2014 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria).  Crown of the Russian Ballet is presented by Edouard Miasnikov Agency whose objective is always to broaden cultural exchange and sharing between Russia and South Africa.

Bolero by Crown of the Russian Ballet

Bolero by Crown of the Russian Ballet

The Crown of the Russian Ballet is described as one of the most highly respected companies in Russia, and this production opens the newly revamped Theatre of Marcellus Emperors Palace on 9 May 2014 for four performances before moving to Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre from 14-18 May, Durban’s Playhouse Opera Theatre from 20 – 21 May and Pretoria’s State Theatre Drama from the 23- 25 May 2014.  The performance schedule is list below for convenience.

A contemporary version of Carmen by the Crown of the Russian Ballet

A contemporary version of Carmen by the Crown of the Russian Ballet

Crown of the Russian Ballet was founded by the current artistic director and ballerina Anna Alexidze and current chief choreographer and principal dancer Anatoly Emelianov in 1997 who went to work developing a new ballet repertoire of innovative classical and contemporary works.  The company now enjoys a reputation of being a respected international touring company. In honour of their contribution to the furthering of Russian Culture both Anna Alexidze and Anatoly Emelianov were awarded the prestigious Knight of the Second Order of Dyagilev in 2007.

Crown of the Russian Ballet will present classical vignettes. This one is from Le Corsaire.

Crown of the Russian Ballet will present classical vignettes. This one is from Le Corsaire.

The 2014 South African Touring programme is titled Masterpieces of French Music in Ballet and opens with Bizet’s Carmen, a passionate one-act ballet. The second half includes Saint-Saëns’ emotionally charged Dying Swan. This piece will forever be associated with the legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova and promises to touch the soul. The Pas de Quatre by Pugni is a fine showcase of the Romantic age of ballet. The choreography includes adagio, petite and grand allegro, fast footwork and lyrical arm movements. Jaques Brel’s Ne Me Quitte Pas (better known by Rod Mc Kuen’s English lyric If You Go Away), showcases chief choreographer Anatoly Emelianov’s innovative contemporary work. Other works featured in the second half are Ravel’s fiery Bolero and the famous Pas de Deux from Le Corsaire by Adolphe Adam.

Crown of the Russian Ballet

Crown of the Russian Ballet

Tickets are affordably priced from R150 to R280 for both evening and matinee performances! Booking through Computicket.

TOUR DATES:

Theatre of Marcellus Emperors Palace

  • May 9th at 8:00pm
  • May 10th at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
  • May 11th at 8:00pm

Cape Town Baxter Theatre

  • May 14th at 7:30pm
  • May 15th at 7:30pm
  • May 16th at 7:30pm
  • May 17th at 3:00pm & 7:30pm
  • May 18th at 3:00pm

Durban Playhouse Opera

  • May 20th at 7:30pm
  • May 21st at 7:30pm

Pretoria State Theatre Drama

  • May 23rd at 7:30pm
  • May 24th at 3:00pm & 7:30pm
  • May 25th at 3:00pm

 

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