Ballet performances set to wow Bundy crowds

THE grace and beauty of the Russian National Ballet Theatre will be on show in Bundaberg this week when they present performances of Swan Lake and the Nutcracker.

The troupe will perform at Moncrieff Theatre for two nights only tonight and tomorrow as part of a 20-city Australian tour.

With more than 50 ballet dancers, the Russian National Ballet Theatre has toured the USA, China, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Guatemala, Poland, South Korea and Japan.

Tchaikovsky's instantly recognisable music set with the wonderfully dark story of good against evil, Swan Lake, is one of the most famous and loved of all ballets.

And as one of the most extravagant theatrical events of all time, the original St Petersburg staging of The Nutcracker in 1890 was a remarkable illustration of the Russian Imperial style at its peak. The two productions by artistic director Evgeny Amosov are heralded around the world.

Mr Amosov said the dancers were what kept people coming back to the shows.

"The audience sees the dancers' complete devotion to ballet and aspiration for professionalism and feel the beauty they grant," Mr Amosov said.

"We give pleasure and delight, as it is our attempt to make life more interesting, better and positive.

"Each performance contains beautiful stage scenery, lots of stylish costumes with a big variety of accessories and details.

"In combination with hard work and magnificent choreography, these all give a powerful perfection which are for a long time deposited in the souls and emotional sense of the public."

Mr Amosov said touring was a thrill for the troupe.

"Performing for this company is all about getting public satisfaction," he said.

"It is necessary for us to see their bright eyes and happy chattering after a performance.

"However, overall, the main highlight of touring is to arrange a cultural change and enrich each other."