From Russia with love

Scene from ballet La Fille mal Gardee, at Blackpool's Grand Theatre on January 6.
Scene from ballet La Fille mal Gardee, at Blackpool's Grand Theatre on January 6.

The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia return to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with three beautiful ballets.

They will perform La Fille mal gardée on Friday, Nutcracker on Saturday and Swan Lake on Sunday. Recreated by Alexander Gorsky, La Fille mal gardée remains one of the oldest ballets still regularly performed.

La Fille mal gardée tells of the love between Lise and Colas, and Lise’s efforts to thwart her possessive mother’s plans to marry her to a rich but unattractive vineyard owner! Featuring comedy, drama and beautiful virtuoso dancing, these excerpts will give you a taste of the whole ballet, including the flute dance, Fanny Elsler pas de deux and the famous clog dance.

In a new, magical production of Nutcracker this most famous of fantasy ballets opens as night falls on a traditional fireside scene on Christmas Eve. On the stroke of midnight we are transported to an enchanting world where nothing is as it seems. Toy dolls come to life, an army of soldiers does battle with a gang of mice and a Nutcracker is transformed into a handsome prince.

A seasonal favourite, Tchaikovsky’s music is some of the most instantly memorable of all ballet, with a wealth of famous melodies including the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The greatest romantic ballet of all, Swan Lake, is an immortal love story filled with magic, emotion and beauty.

A timeless tale of good vs evil, Prince Siegfried battles to save the beautiful Swan Princess, Odette, from the clutches of the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart.

From the opulence and splendour of the magnificent court room to the exhilarating lake scenes where swans play in perfect formation, Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music creates an unforgettable experience.

Formed in 1981, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has quickly established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies and has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth. The soloists and corps de ballet are superb, and never fail to delight audiences with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

And ballet fans should note that the The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia returns to the Grand n March with Sleeping Beauty and Giselle.

Tickets start from £20.

Book for any three ballets in January or March at the same time for just £80.

Book for any two ballets in January or March at the same time for just £55.

(Stalls and Dress Circle only)

Call the box office on (01253) 743339 or visit www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk.