‘Tsarina of dance’ in a classic

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Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin in the Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake.

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BY BILLY SUTER

SHE has been labelled as one of the finest ballerinas around, nicknamed “the tsarina of the dance”. She is 37-year-old Svetlana Zakharova, a star principal dancer with the famous Bolshoi Ballet – and good news is that she can be seen in South Africa soon.

Well, not in the flesh exactly, but as the star of the film of the Bolshoi Ballet stage production of the great ballet, Swan Lake, in which she dances the iconic roles of Odette and Odile, opposite Denis Rodkin as Siegfried.

A ballet of ultimate beauty with a score of unparalleled perfection, is how a press release describes this production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which is being shown at Cinema Nouveau cinemas countrywide as part of a new season of seven ballets from Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet company.

Running for three hours, including an interval, the film will have four performances only at Cinema Nouveau cinemas in Umhlanga, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.

These screenings have been scheduled for 7.45pm on Saturday (February 18), 2.30pm on Sunday (February 19) and 7.45pm on Wednesday and Thursday (February 22 and 23).

Swan Lake is a ballet of ultimate beauty with a score of unparalleled perfection, which was born at the Bolshoi in 1877.

The ballet opens at moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, where Prince Siegfried (Rodkin) meets the bewitched swan­‐woman, Odette (Zakharova). Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the prince realises too late that fate has another plan for him…

Choreographed by Russian ballet master Yuri Grigorovic, and also starring Artemy Belyakov as the Evil Genius and Igor Tsvirko as the Fool, Swan Lake promises to transport viewers into a magical world.

This production was filmed live at the Bolshoi Ballet on January 25, 2015, for broadcast into cinemas globally.

View the trailer at https://youtu.be/PrHdf99-vtQ

The other productions in this season to be screened at Cinema Nouveau include The Sleeping Beauty (March 10), A Contemporary Evening (April 21) and A Hero of our Time (May 12).

The ballets are brought to the big screen by Fathom Events, By Experience and Pathé Live.


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