The Moscow City Ballet at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
The internationally acclaimed Moscow City Ballet make a triumphant return to Dublin this month with the staging of two of the world’s best loved ballets – Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty – in the spectacular surrounds of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
The company is brimming with some of Russia’s best young dancers – outstanding principals, stunning soloists and a sublime corps de ballet – all enhanced by the dynamic vitality of the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra, who will provide a luscious soundtrack to what is sure to be an incredible week of dance .
Tchaikovsky’s ‘big story ballets’ are regarded as the essence of Russian culture, having been composed, choreographed and premiered in Russia. The stand-out performances of the Moscow City Ballet dancers harness that spirit and add the magical ingredient of Russian soul to produce spectacular shows that live long in the memory.
Sleeping Beauty is first up on 24 and 25 January. The enchanting and romantic story of The Sleeping Beauty inspired Tchaikovsky to write some of his most glorious music, and the ballet has captivated audiences for well over a hundred years. The beautiful Princess Aurora, cursed to die by the wicked witch Carabosse has the curse changed by the Lilac Fairy to a 100 year sleep, to be awoken by the kiss of her handsome Prince. Their ensuing wedding is attended by a host of fairy-tale characters. This enchanting production displays all the incredible dramatic and lyrical talents of the Moscow City Ballet.
Then, from 26 to 28 January, the timeless classic Swan Lake will wow audiences. Swan Lake is a signature piece of the Moscow City Ballet’s repertoire. When Siegfried, a dashing young prince, falls in love with Odette, the beautiful Queen of the Swans, the sorcerer Von Rothbart is determined to use his evil magic to thwart their happiness, but they would rather die together than live apart. The tragic story of romance and betrayal is familiar to many, not least through the success of the film Black Swan. Moscow City Ballet’s interpretation of the world’s most romantic ballet is magnificently brought to life by the Moscow City Ballet Orchestra’s interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s haunting and instantly recognisable score.
Both of these productions have received critical acclaim worldwide and continue to build up the excellent relationship between the Moscow City Ballet and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, who have previously staged performances of Swan Lake there, as well as Giselle and The Nutcracker. Those performances went down a storm with Dublin audiences and it’s fantastic to see the Moscow City Ballet return once again with these two very special productions.
Tickets from €27.50 are available now from Ticketmaster. What better way to start the New Year than with a trip to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and treat yourself to the magic of Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and the amazing Moscow City Ballet.