Two Russian ballet classics heading for Royal & Derngate

Moscow City Ballet returns to Royal & Derngate from 12-17th January, with a dazzling duo of full scale ballet classics, Giselle and Swan Lake.


The epic story of Odette and Prince Siegfried, who are tricked by the evil sorcerer and his daughter Odile, Swan Lake is performed in all its original splendour by some of the world’s finest dancers, and Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score faithfully rendered by Russian musicians.

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The romantic ballet Giselle, danced to music by Adolphe Adam, tells the tale of a carefree village girl who goes mad and dies, when her peasant lover Albercht is unmasked as a nobleman betrothed to another. When Albercht visits her grave, he finds the spirits of other maidens who died before their wedding day (the Wilis) dancing among the graves in the moonlight.  Any man who sees the Wilis dancing is doomed to dance until he dies from exhaustion, but Giselle’s spirit and everlasting love for Albercht saves him from death.

Both works will be accompanied by Moscow City Ballet Orchestra, complementing the dancers’ sublime artistry with live music and a strong narrative, in the grand tradition of the Russian “big story” ballet. The audience can not only marvel at the perfection of its corps de ballet but witness the superb dexterity, grace and vitality of the principal dancers from this young and talented cast.


Moscow City Ballet visit Royal & Derngate from Monday 12 to Saturday 17 January, performing Giselle on Monday and Tuesday, and Swan Lake from Wednesday to Saturday. Performances are at 7.30pm nightly, with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

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