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GLORIOUS BALLETS RETURN TO CONGRESS THEATRE
The Russian State Ballet and Opera House Present
Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Don Quixote
Music by Tchaikovsky and Ludwig Minkus
31 October – Nutcracker / 01 Nov – Don Quixote / 02 Nov – Swan Lake
Eastbourne, Congress Theatre

The glorious The Russian State Ballet and Opera House return to Eastbourne’s Congress Theatre with three magnificent ballets, Nutcracker, Don Quixote and Swan Lake, directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky; and accompanied by a live Orchestra of over 30 musicians from 31 Oct – 2 Nov.

Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely that one can easily be mistaken for the other. It is a compelling legend of a tragic romance in which a princess, Odette, is turned into a swan by an evil curse.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful young woman he is instantly captivated – but will his love prove strong enough to break the evil spell that she is under? From the opulent splendour of the palace ballroom to the mystical moonlit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, Swan Lake has it all and is the perhaps the most perfect romantic ballet of all time,

Swan Lake captures, like no other, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy with Tchaikovsky’s music.

The Nutcracker is based on The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather, Drosselmeyer, gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. The toy magically turns into a prince.

When midnight strikes, the world transforms itself into the wintry glitter of Christmas Eve. Toys come alive, the Mouse-king and his mouse-army battle with the Nutcracker Prince and we travel through the Land of Snow to an enchanted place where the magic really begins….

Snow flurries, Christmas treats, princes, love, victories and defeats, all to Tchaikovsky’s rousing score. These are just some of the ingredients that are brought together by the renowned Russian State Ballet.

Don Quixote delights in stories of brave knights, fabulous giants and other fantastical creatures. But most of all, he dreams of his beloved Dulcinea, a woman that he believes to be so lovely and noble that she must be divine. His dreams are of their romantic adventures.

As he approaches the windmills, he can no longer see the moon and thinks that evil magicians have hidden his beloved mistress. So, spear in hand, he tilts at the sails of the windmill, which he mistakes for giant!

Don Quixote has all the elements of the great classical ballets: emotion, drama, and unforgettable characters. Love, duels and spectacular choreography are mixed with a dash of Spanish passion in the most beautiful and moving ballet.

The Russian State Ballet and Opera House is a showcase for Russian cultural traditions, bringing as they do the passion and vibrancy of the Russian character to this well-known ballet. The company has built an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality which never fail to delight audiences.

Russian State Ballet; Nutcracker (Thursday 31 October, 7.30pm), Don Quixote (Friday 1 November, 7.30pm) Swan Lake (Saturday 2 November 2.30pm and 7.30pm) at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, tickets are priced from £30 with child tickets and selected concessions available. To book call the box office on 01323 412000 or online eastbournetheatres.co.uk