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St Petersburg Ballet in Perth

Following their sold out Paris season, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet Theatre returns to Perth in July and August to present their full-length classic production of the world’s most famous ballet – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

It has been almost 10 years since Australian balletomanes last enjoyed performances by the 55-member company of the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre who last toured in 2004, collecting rave reviews and hanging out the “Sold Out” sign at almost every performance.

Now the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is coming for a limited season at His Majesty’s Theatre. The seven performance season premieres on Wednesday 31 July 2013, with tickets now on sale.

With the famous Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov version of Swan Lake first performed in St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre in 1895, Swan Lake, has a rich history in St Petersburg; so it’s only fitting for the company of the city’s namesake to bring the ballet to Australia.

St Petersburg Ballet performs 'Swan Lake' for Australian tourThe St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is renowned globally not just for beautiful dancers but also for stunning and grand full-length productions.

Founded by Konstantin Tachkin in 1994, the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre is one of the leading Russian ballet companies. It is based right in the heart of St Petersburg and gives on average 200-250 performances per year.  It claims to be the only classical ballet company in the world that is completely independent of government financial aid or sponsor’s funding.

Tour Producer Andrew Guild said, “Not only does the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre bring their troupe of Vaganova trained dancers, they also bring their magnificent scenery – scenery that has audiences applauding even as the curtain rises – along with sumptuous costumes, dozens of dazzling white tutus and hundreds of pink pointe shoes. The St Petersburg Ballet is truly traditional Russian classical ballet at its very best.”

International media have called the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre “a company with style, restraint and elegance” (Sunday Telegraph, London) that hasleft a considerable mark on the history of world ballet” (Danse Magazine, Paris).

“This is the real thing, a grand-scale Russian Ballet – a complete classical full-length work. This is not a concert program. This is not a small group of dancers performing unrelated pas de deux and party pieces. This is Swan Lake, the world’s most-famous ballet and classical ballet performed the way it was intended by one of Russia’s leading classical companies. If you see only one ballet in your life, let it be this,” Guild said.

To book tickets, visit or call Ticketek on 132 849.

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