The Russian Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake & The Nutcracker

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The Russian Ballet returns to Israel with two classic ballets: The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Performances will take place from April 20 – 24, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beer Sheva.

Swan Lake – The Russian Ballet Theatre/Photo courtesy of The Russian Ballet Theatre

Swan Lake and The Nutcracker are tales of magical transformation and love, that are among the most beloved ballets, performed worldwide. Composed by P.S. Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake premiered in 1877, and is one of the most beautiful ballet scores.

The Nutcracker – The Russian Ballet Theatre/Photo courtesy of The Russian Ballet Theatre

The company will be performing The Nutcracker for the first time in Israel. The Nutcracker, which premiered in 1892, is one of the most inviting and enticing for all ages. The libretto for The Nutcracker is based on a tale by E.T.A. Hoffman, via an adaptation by Alexandre Dumas père. In the stories the daughter of the family, and main protagonist, is named Marie, and Clara is her doll’s name; in most American versions of the ballet, the girl’s name is Clara. The Nutcracker is a wonderful ballet for the whole family, with toys and sweets dancing into life, what is perhaps every child’s fantasy. The score was composed by Tchaikovsky in close collaboration with choreographer Marius Petipa. Swan Lake has a darker theme of love and betrayal, exploring issues of duality; and the choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, has a timeless grace that captivates the imagination.

The Russian Ballet Theatre was established in 1990 in St. Petersburg by a family of professional soloists and ballet dancers from the renowned Mariinsky Theater. The company preserves the spirit and tradition of Mariinsky’s dance. After many years of creative work, a particularly refined choreography has been created, known as the “Petersburg style”. This style is well felt in all the Russian Ballet Theatre performances. The performances of The Nutcracker and Swan Lake not only adhere to the refined and precise technique of classical ballet but recreate the spirit and feel of the original performances.

The Nutcracker – The Russian Ballet Theatre/Photo courtesy of The Russian Ballet Theatre

Performances:

The Nutcracker

Israeli Opera/Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center: Friday, April 20th at 14:00, Saturday, April 21st at 11:00. Tickets may be ordered online from Bravo.

Beer Sheva Performing Arts Center: Monday, April 23rd at 20:30. Tickets may be ordered online from the Beer Sheva Performing Arts Center.

Haifa Auditorium: Tuesday, April 24th at 20:00. Tickets may be ordered online from Bravo.

Swan Lake

Israeli Opera/Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center: Friday, April 20th at 21:00; Saturday, April 21st at 21:00; Sunday, April 22nd at 20:00. Tickets may be ordered online from Bravo.

Telephone orders: *3221 or 072-2753221

Ticket prices are between 145 NIS – 365 NIS.