The Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet brings two Tchaikovsky classics to Bromley: The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. A relatively new visitor to the UK, Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet has already built a following of audiences who appreciate the artistry and technique of this company of exquisite young dancers and stars of the future.
Under the expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, this acclaimed company combines classical training and technique with outstanding soloists to entertain audiences in breath-taking style. There are no gimmicks or flashy stage sets, this is strictly ballet – a pageant, a tradition, a true celebration of the art form. A full orchestra complements the classical purity of the dancing and traditional staging, to bring a taste of imperial Russia to the UK.
Touring a traditional repertoire of Tchaikovsky favourites, which features principal dancers Natalia Romanova, Evgeny Silakov and Yassaui Mergaliyev (seen on BBC’s The Greatest Dancer early in 2019) – the ballets will certainly enchant dance fans.
Swan Lake is Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece; the tragic tale of the fateful love between Prince Siegfried and Odette, Queen of the Swans, has an instantly recognisable score. The Nutcracker is a delightfully festive tale, and the perfect introduction to ballet, as Clara is whisked away on a fairytale adventure by her Nutcracker prince.
Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet was formed in 1996 by Marina Medvetskaya, who is a disciple of Vakhtang Chaboukiana and was the Prima Ballerina of the Tbilisi State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Since the formation of the company, Medvetskaya has been able to attract some of the
finest ballet artists from the mature companies of the City of St Petersburg, including the Kirov, The Maly and the St. Petersburg Ballet of Askold Makarov (formerly ‘Choreographic Miniatures’).
Artistic Director Marina Medvetskaya said, “Since our first tour in 2015, we have been welcomed by UK audiences who have embraced the beauty, skill and dedication of our dancers. These dates are now an integral part of our touring calendar; we adore bringing these iconic ballets to such appreciative fans.”
Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA from Wed 22 – Sat 25 January. Times: Swan Lake: Wed 7:30pm, Thurs 2:30pm, Thurs 7:30pm; The Nutcracker: Fri 7:30pm, Sat 1:00pm, Sat 5:00pm: Admission: £23 – £43. Phone: 020 3285 6000
Photo: St Petersburg Classic Ballet.