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Russian Ballet National Tour

Royal Moscow Ballet to tour Southern Africa.

Russian cultural impresario, Edouard Miasnikov, has announced the 2019 tour of the Royal Moscow Ballet to South Africa, presenting three pieces: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture: Fantasy, the third movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6, Pathétique and excerpts from Carl Orff’s scenic cantanta, Carmina Burana.

Royal Moscow Ballet has toured successfully around the globe presenting more than a thousand performances. The company, which consists of graduates of the best Russian choreography, ballet and dance schools, premiered as the Royal Moscow Ballet on the 12 August 2002, founded by Anatoly Emelianov and Anna Aleksidze. All ballets for this tour are choreographed by Anatoly Emelianov.

This tour continues last year’s theme celebrating great Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsk. This time two pieces are on the bill: Romeo and Juliet, which is one of the best loved one-act ballets, featuring a score by Tchaikovsky, based on Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed young lovers.

The Symphony No. 6, also known as the Pathétique Symphony, is Tchaikovsky’s final completed symphony. There is much debate as to what inspired this beautiful piece. The composer entitled the work, The Passionate Symphony, which was then incorrectly translated into French as “pathétique”, meaning “solemn” or “emotive”.

German composer Carl Heinrich Maria Orff, is best known for his distinctive 1935 cantata Carmina Burana, based on 24 poems, mostly boisterous and bawdy, from the medieval collection of texts of the same name. The opening, O Fortuna, was famously used in an iconic advert for Old Spice aftershave and as the X Factor theme. The ballet performed for this tour, will be a new production of Carmina Burana.

 

Royal Moscow Ballet in Southern Africa:

Wits University Linder Auditorium, Saturday 2 March 2019 at 15:00 and 19:00

Pretoria Atterbury Theatre, Monday 4 March 2019 at 19:00 and Thursday, 7 March 2019 at 19:00

Gabarone International Convention Centre, Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 19:00

Durban Playhouse Opera, Saturday 9 March 2019 at 14:00 and 18:00

East London Guild Theatre, Monday 11 March 2019 at 19:00

Bloemfontein Sand du Plessis Theatre, 12 March 2019 at 19:00

The various venues can be contacted for Ticket information.

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