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The Russian State Ballet of Siberia is paying a visit to Blackpool in January, when three of the world’s most popular ballets will be brought to life.

Often described as the perfect ballet for first-time ballet goers, Coppelia is a charming comedy of errors. It is a light hearted tale of mistaken identities and confused lovers which follows the mischievous Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz and the eccentric toymaker Dr. Coppelius. Set in a doll maker’s workshop, the characters are brought to life by sparkling choreography and the animated score of Delibes.

Swan Lake, the greatest romantic ballet of all time, is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. The ballet opens in the opulence of the Palace ballroom, where the Prince’s birthday celebrations are in full swing, before moving to the serenity of the moon-lit lake where swans gather, gliding in perfect formation. The prince falls in love with the beautiful Odette, but is seduced by Odile, the temptress in tulle. The dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges. Only those with a heart of stone will fail to shed a tear at the Dance of the Dying Swan.

Hot on the heels of the festive season, The Nutcracker is the third ballet in this short season. It is probably the most famous fantasy ballet of all time and is the perfect choice for a child’s introduction to the magical world of ballet. The Nutcracker begins as night falls on Christmas Eve. Snow is falling outside and the warm glow of an open fire sends a myriad of flickering shadows across the boughs of the Christmas tree and all the presents beneath. As midnight strikes, we are carried away to a fairy-tale world where nothing is quite as it seems. Toy dolls spring to life, the Mouse King and his mouse army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place and the magic really begins…

Sadly, each of these performances is on for one night only. To quote a spokesperson from the Grand: “Tickets to any one of them will make the perfect Christmas present for ballet lovers and first time ballet-goers alike.”

 

Coppelia– Friday 9 January 2015

The Nutcracker– Saturday 10 January 2015

Swan Lake– Sunday 11 January 2015

Tickets £25.50 to £39.50

Concessions £2.00 off

Family ticket £99

Ballet Double Bill £65

Ballet Triple Bill £90

For more information please contact the box office on 01253 290190 or visit the website.

 

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