The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) arrives in South having received rave reviews and sold-out performances in Paris. Returning to Cape Town for the first time in eight years with the world’s most loved ballet, ‘Swan Lake’, two additional performances have been added to cope with the demand for tickets. Performances are at the Artscape Opera House from May 19 to 24.
The South African season is part of a significant international tour which includes Johannesburg, Cape Town, Singapore, Perth and Melbourne that culminates in the UK season.
“This global review gives South African audiences an indication of the treat that is in store for them. The St Petersburg Ballet Theatre offers Cape Town audiences their first opportunity in eight years of seeing ‘Swan Lake’ with its sumptuous sets and costumes accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra,” says international producer Andrew Guild.
First performed in St. Petersburg in 1895, ‘Swan Lake’ with its unrivalled “white acts”, its spectacular and dramatic Ballroom scene, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s music and moving story, is considered by many to be the ballet that towers above all others. It tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Although it is presented in many different versions, the St Petersburg Ballet theatre bases its staging, both choreographically and musically, on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky’s score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre’s chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo
* Tickets range from R285 per ticket. Book through Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695, or at Computicket.