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Svetlana Zakharova in Amore at London Coliseum

Svetlana Zakharova in Amore
Svetlana Zakharova in Amore

The internationally acclaimed prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet brings her outstanding triple bill AMORE to the London Coliseum in November for four performances only.

Svetlana will be joined by some of the Bolshoi Theatre’s most exciting and popular stars including Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin as well as choreographer/dancer Patrick de Bana. Music will be performed by the ENO Orchestra conducted by the esteemed Russian conductor, Pavel Sorokin.

A towering figure in 21st century ballet, Svetlana Zakharova is as famous for her sublime interpretation of the great classical roles as for her embracement of contemporary choreography. AMORE is the first programme Svetlana has commissioned allowing her to experiment with classical and contemporary genres in her search for new ways of artistic expression. AMORE will present three brand new works by choreographers Yuri Possokhov (San Francisco Ballet), Patrick de Bana (Vienna State Ballet) and Marguerite Donlon (National Board of German Ballet and Dance Theatre Directors). The three different works give Svetlana the opportunity of dancing three very different roles and will undoubtedly thrill audiences at the Coliseum.

Her exquisite, elegant style is perfect for the title role in Possokhov’s ‘Francesca da Rimini’, a tragic, 13th century love story whose central character was portrayed in the works of Dante. The work is set to Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem.

Dressed in shimmery purple Svetlana is partnered by the elegant Patrick de Bana (left) in his own work, ‘Rain Before It Falls’ to an eclectic score featuring music by Bach, the 19th-century Italian violinist/composer Ottorino Respighi and the contemporary Venezuelan composer Carlos Quintana-Pina. The dancers are joined by a third member of the cast, Denis Savin.

And Donlon’s delightful ‘Strokes Through The Tail’ is performed by Svetlana and five male soloists (above left) variously costumed in tails, and grass skirts to Mozart’s 40th Symphony.

I am excited about experiments,” says Svetlana. “I love the challenge of creating something different, unpredictable. That’s why I came up with the idea of making not just one new number, but a big project where I could perform different types of choreography in three distinct ballets. I’ve called the programme Amore because all three ballets are about aspects of love and love is present in all of the performances and as an international project the word ‘amore’ really needs no translation.”

‘AMORE’ at the Coliseum – programme:
FRANCESCA DA RIMINI / Running Time: 30 minutes
Music by PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY
Choreographed by YURI POSSOKHOV
Set designer MARIA TREGUBOVA
Video designer YURY YARUSHNIKOV
Costume designer IGOR CHAPURIN
Lighting designer ANDREY ABRAMOV

Francesca – Svetlana Zakharova
Paolo – Denis Rodkin
Giovanni – Mikhail Lobukhin
Guardians of the Inferno –Karim Abdullin, Alexei Gainutdinov, Anton Gainutdinov
Court Ladies – Ana Turazashvili, Ekaterina Besedina, OlgaBarichka,
Ekaterina Smurova, Angelina Carpova

RAIN BEFORE IT FALLS / Running Time: 25 minutes
Music by JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, OTTORINO RESPIGHI, CARLOS QUINTANA-PINA
Choreographed by PATRICK DE BANA
Costume designer STEPHANIE BAEUERLE
Lighting designer JAMES ENGOT

Svetlana Zakharova, Denis Savin, Patrick De Bana

STROKES THROUGH THE TAIL / Running Time: 30 minutes
Music by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Choreographed by MARGUERITE DONLON
Costume designer IGOR CHAPURIN
Light designer ANDREY ABRAMOV
Svetlana Zakharova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Savin, Karim Abdullin, Alex Gainutdinov, Anton Gainutdinov
Produced by MuzArts Moscow Production: Producer – Yuri Baranov
Executive Producer – Ekaterina Matlashenko
Presented in association with Ivan Putrov Productions
World Premiere: May 12, 2016 — Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti; Modena, Italy
The Russian Premiere: May 24, 2016 — The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, Historical stage; Moscow, Russia
UK Premiere: November 20th – Coliseum, London

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