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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Mariinsky Theatre comes to Royal Opera House

25th July 2011

Culture lovers may soon be looking to book luxury hotels in London as Mariinsky Ballet will be putting on a season of performances at the Royal Opera House from July 25th through to August 13th.

The Russian dancers start off with six performances of the classic Swan Lake, with a running time of just under three hours.

With choreography by Konstantin Sergeyev, the show promises to deliver a "lyrical, mysterious and dramatic" rendition of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov's original masterpiece.

"Mariinsky create an imaginary world where Prince Siegfried and the swan-princess Odette affirm their love for each other, conquering the forces of evil," explains the Royal Opera House.

"Tchaikovsky's ravishing music combines with peerless choreography showing the Mariinsky's famed corps de ballet in all its beauty."

Swan Lake is accompanied by four performances of the group's Homage to Fokine, taking place over four dates.

The homage opens with Chopiniana, featuring the work of Frederic Chopin, before moving on to Mikhael Fokine's The Firebird and then Stravinsky's Scheherazade.

Alongside the two previous programmes, the Mariinsky Theatre group will conduct two performances of Don Quixote.

"The excitement, colour and wit of Cervantes' masterpiece are brilliantly conveyed in this sparkling production of Petipa and Gorsky's classic, Don Quixote," commented the organiser.

Ballet-lovers will also be treated to the group's performances of Anna Karenia, from August 9th to 10th, and La Bayadere from August 11th to 13th.

Finally, the Mariinsky Theatre will perform a tribute to two of ballet's "greatest choreographers", George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins.

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