Everyone will be ‘Russian’ to see these two colourful ballet classics

Russian State Opera and Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax

Russian State Opera and Ballet presents The Nutcracker at the Victoria Theatre, Halifax

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Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns to the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, tonight and tomorrow with two shows designed to keep out the winter chill.

Tonight’s offering is ‘The Nutcracker’, which will be performed with the backing of a large, live orchestra.

Featuring a timeless score from incredible composer Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker is a certified Russian classic, replete with evocative music and beautiful dance.

This ballet, full of mystery and romance, has captured the imagination of many generations over the years and continues to attract audiences worldwide.

The Christmas story is based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann. It tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeier gives her a Nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. The doll transforms into a prince and the magic starts to unfold...

If you prefer a tragic tale of love and loss, tomorrow night sees the company perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’, probably the world’s best known love story. William Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet was one of the first works of literature to inspire ballet choreographers, so is perfectly suited to dance with its drama, romance and tragedy.

Set to one of Prokofiev’s most evocative scores, this production is filled with beautiful dance, riveting battles and compelling drama.

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