Russian dancers on Oamaru stage

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A fantastic turnout of young and old filled the Oamaru Opera House to near capacity last week for the much anticipated Russian Ballet.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company’s performance was held on Friday night as part of their tour, A Festival of Ballet.

One of the company’s lead soloists, Nariman Bekzhanov, said he had been dancing for 20 years and had not found the tour exhausting.

“I love to dance.”

He was impressed with the Oamaru Opera House as a venue because the sound was great and it was a small, cute theatre, he said.

Another lead soloist, Lina Seveliova, said ballet was her love and her life.

She had been dancing for 10 years and enjoyed going on tour because she got to see many different cities.

Act One consisted of scenes from the Nutcracker, Bolero made up Act Two, and Act Three involved highlights from ballets such as Giselle, Carmen and Le Corsaire.

The company had been touring Australia and New Zealand over the past three months and was due to head to China after finishing their last few shows in New Zealand.

They would be back in Oamaru again in March for their performance of Don Quixote.

 

By RUBY HARFIELD