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THE MIKHAILOVSKY BALLET ST PETERSBURG announces London Coliseum dates


THE MIKHAILOVSKY BALLET ST PETERSBURG
ANNOUNCES LONDON DATES
TUESDAY 26 MARCH – SUNDAY 7 APRIL
LONDON COLISEUM
Natalia Osipova in Don Quixote
Photo by Stas Levshin

This spring the Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet company makes a welcome return to the London Coliseum, 26 March – 7 April, to present a programme featuring ballets by the Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet company, Nacho Duato, in addition to classics Giselle, Don Quixote, and Laurencia. The performances will feature Mikhailovsky Theatre ballet stars Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, and Leonid Sarafanov, as well as guest principal dancers Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes.

The programme will include Nikita Dolgushin’s version of Giselle, first seen in London during the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s 2008 visit. The principal roles will be danced by partners, Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes; Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev; and by Olesya Novikova and Leonid Sarafanov.

The ever popular Don Quixote gives the dancers an opportunity to demonstrate their virtuosity, temperament, and acting skills. On 30 and 31 March, Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev will dance the roles of Kitri and Basilio. In the matinee performance on 31 March these parts will be danced by Oxana Bondareva and Denis Matviyenko.

Laurencia is a production from the ‘golden age’ of Soviet ballet revived by the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s Principal Guest Ballet Master Mikhail Messerer, an acknowledged expert on ballet heritage. On 2 and 3 April London audiences will see Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, whose phenomenal performance of this ballet continues to captivate audiences all over the world.

The season will also include Nacho Duato’s full-length ballet Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness which is a choreographic tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach. On 5 and 6 April the company’s guest prima ballerina Polina Semionova will make her debut in this ballet. Critics have described it as “a real triumph” that stands among the master’s greatest works.

On 7 April, an evening of three Nacho Duato one-act ballets, Without Words, Nunc Dimittis, and Prelude, will give London audiences a vivid impression of the choreographer’s renowned original style.

LONDON REPERTOIRE

GISELLE, OU LES WILIS, 26 - 29 March
Tuesday 26 March, 7.30pm Principals – Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev
Wednesday 27 March, 7.30pm Principals – Polina Seminova, Marcelo Gomes
Thursday 28 March, 7.30pm Principals – Polina Seminova, Marcelo Gomes
Friday 29 March, 7.30pm Principals – Olesya Novikova, Leonid Sarafanov
Conductor – Valery Ovsyanikov

DON QUIXOTE, 30 - 31 March
Saturday 30 March, 7.30pm Principals – Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev
Sunday 31 March, 3pm Principals – Oksana Bondareva, Denis Matvienko
Sunday 31 March, 7.30pm Principals – Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev
Conductor – Pavel Bubelnikov

LAURENCIA, 2 & 3 April
Tuesday 2 April, 7.30pm Principals Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev
Conductor – Valery Ovsyanikov
Wednesday 3 April, 7.30pm Principals – Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev
Conductor – Valentin Bogdanov

MULTIPLICITY. FORMS OF SILENCE AND EMPTINESS, 5 & 6 April
Friday 5 April, 7.30pm Principals – Polina Semionova, Leonid Sarafanov
Saturday 6 April, 7.30pm Principals – Polina Semionova, Leonid Sarafanov
Conductor – Mikhail Tatarnikov

WITHOUT WORDS. NUNC DIMITTIS. PRELUDE, 7 April
Sunday 7 April, 3pm Principal – Leonid Sarafanov
Conductor – Valentin Bogdanov

LISTINGS INFORMATION:

Dates: Tuesday 26 March – Sunday 7 April        
Press Performances:
26 March – Giselle
27 March – Giselle
30 March – Don Quixote
2 April – Laurencia
5 April – Multiplicity
7 April (3pm) – Without Words. Nunc Dimittis. Prelude
Times: 7.30pm; Matinee Sunday 31 March and 7 April, 3pm
Tickets: £10 - £70
Box Office: 020 7845 9300 /www.eno.org

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