Preview: Russian State Ballet, Orchestra of Siberia

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THE acclaimed Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia returns to the Capital, and the Playhouse, this week, with a programme of masterpieces including Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty.

Formed in 1981, the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has established itself as one of Russia’s leading ballet companies, building an international reputation for delivering performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth.

The soloists and corps de ballet never fail to delight with their breathtaking physical ability and dazzling costumes.

Tonight, there is a chance to see them in Don Quixote. No ballet can equal this Russian showpiece of thrilling technique, pure panache and explosive balletic fireworks. This is the enchanting story of an eccentric, yet noble old gentlemen Don Quixote. His dreams of a fantasy world full of brave knights and beautiful ladies take us on a chivalrous adventure with his trusty servant. Love, duels and spectacular choreography combine with a dash of Spanish passion in one of the most beautiful and moving of all ballets.

Tomorrow, it’s the turn of Sleeping Beauty. Every child’s favourite fairy tale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score. Stunning choreography, sumptuous costumes and wonderful sets form the fantasy world in which the Lilac Fairy struggles against the evil Carabosse.

Finally on Friday and Saturday, catch Swan Lake, the greatest romantic ballet of all time, brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score.

From the impressive splendour of the palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake where swans glide in perfect formation, this compelling tale of tragic romance has it all.

Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia, Playhouse, Greenside Place, tonight, 7.30pm, Don Quixote, tomorrow, 7.30pm, Sleeping Beauty, Friday 7.30pm & Saturday, 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Swan Lake, £20.40-£44.40, 0844-871 3014