Three great ballets will bring fairytales and romance to the stage in Oxfordshire

Three great ballets are taking to the stage in Oxford next month, promising magical fairytales and wondrous romance.

Thursday, 9th January 2020, 12:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th January 2020, 12:08 pm
Sleeping Beauty

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will visit the New Theatre as part of its 18th UK tour.

The company has built an international reputation for presenting performances of quality and depth, boasting top-class soloists and corps de ballet, and beautiful costumes as each storyline unfolds to the live accompaniment of the orchestra.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia comprises some 40 dancers and 30 musicians, with its productions merging traditional and digital worlds with an imaginative staging set against an ever-changing colourful backdrop with striking special effects.

Artistic director Sergei Bobrov said: “It is always a pleasure to bring the unique traditions of Russian Ballet to British audiences. Touring across the UK with a full company of dancers as well as highly skilled musicians is always exciting. For me, it is very special to have the power of a symphony orchestra bringing the choreography to life on stage.”

The company will present three ballets in Oxford: Coppélia, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Every toy has a story, especially in Coppélia. The charming comedy of errors, a witty combination of antics and abracadabra, is set in a doll maker’s workshop. A light-hearted tale of mistaken identity and confused lovers, it follows mischievous Swanilda, her impetuous suitor Franz and the eccentric toymaker Dr Coppelius as they are brought to life by sparkling choreography and the animated score of Delibes. Coppélia is perfect for first-time ballet goers, families and everyone in between.

Sleeping Beauty, a much-loved fairytale, is a story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Theatregoers are promised stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets that form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

And in Swan Lake, the greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. With the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom and the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all. From Odile, the temptress in a black tutu who seduces the Prince by spinning with captivating precision, to the spellbound purity of the swan queen, Odette, as she flutters with emotional intensity, the dual role of Odette/Odile is one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges.

Coppélia will be performed on Monday, February 24, at 7.30pm, Sleeping Beauty on Tuesday, February 25, at 7.30pm and Swan Lake on Wednesday, December 26, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Call 0844 871 3020 or visit atgtickets.com/Oxford to book.