The Imperial Russian Ballet Company presents

Swan Lake

17 October 2009

ITR Auditorium


The Imperial Russian Ballet Company will perform Swan Lake...the most loved classical ballet of them all. Swan Lake crosses the world of magic and mystical creatures with that of the real world. It is a story where the virtues of love and forgiveness in the end conquer evil and betrayal.

The masterpiece ballet is presented in three acts and follows the original storyline with the happy ending which was decreed by Soviet rule in the 1930’s during the reign of then Russian Leader Stalin. Subtle revisions and variations have been introduced by Gediminas Taranda, Artistic Director of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994, headed by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist Gediminas Taranda. The Imperial Russian Ballet Company comprises 40 dancers from the major ballet schools of Russia: Moscow, Kiev and Perm. Actively combining forces with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company are world renowned dancers and ballet stars including Patrick Dupond (Opera de Paris), Farukh Ruzimatov, Yulia Makhalina and Diana Vishneva (Mariinsky Theatre), Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Lyudmila Semenyaka and Nadezhda Pavlova (The Bolshoi Theatre), Vladimir Malakhov, Julia Kent(American Ballet Theatre) and Tamie Kusakari (Japan).

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company performed Swan Lake throughout New Zealand in 2005 to sold out theatres and critical acclaim.

The reviewers said:
“Extraordinary Swan Lake” - Deirdre Tarrant, Capital Times

“From the lifting of the curtain on Act 1, and the sweeping entry of the courtiers, it was immediately clear that this was going to be an extraordinary evening.”

“…This was ballet at its best and talent at the top of the profession.”

Music: P Tchaikovsky, Choreography: M Petipa & L Ivanov (Revised G Taranda)