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The Russian State Ballet of Siberia is headed to Bristol for a trilogy of captivating productions later this month…

The nation of Russia is synonymous with ballet — the country has produced some of the world’s finest dancers, composers and writers, and has a long history of exporting the most enchanting shows. This month continues that long tradition, with The Russian State Ballet Of Siberia headed to our fair city for three magnificent shows.

On 19 January we’ll have La Fille Mal Gardee, a comic ballet inspired by Pierre-Antoine Baudouin's 1789 painting La Réprimande/Une Jeune Fille Querellée Par Sa Mère. It’s one of the oldest and best-loved works in modern ballet, and despite many changes over the centuries, it still contains plenty of power — this is a spectacular show with warmth and soul in spades.

Festive staple The Nutcracker hits the city on 20 January, with magical music and sublime staging in tow. It’s one of the most instantly recognisable shows on the stage — ballet or not — and it’s a perfect way to introduce the little ones into the grace of ballet. Accompanied by a live performance by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

The unmissable finale of Ballet Of Siberia’s tour, which takes place twice on 21 January, is the iconic Swan Lake — what else could it be?! The revered tale is arguably the greatest ballet of all time, with drama and romance in abundance — expect an enchanting display performed by some of the greatest contemporary performers. Accompanied by a live performance by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

Artistic director Sergei Bobrov says: “It is always a pleasure to bring the unique traditions of Russian ballet to British audiences. Touring across the UK with a full company of dancers as well as highly skilled musicians is always exciting, for me, it is very special to have the power of a symphony orchestra bringing the choreography to life on stage.”

When: 19 — 21 January 

Where: Bristol Hippodrome 

Website: www.atgtickets.com 

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