Coming at’cha soon – Les Saisons Russes du XXIe Siecle
Click here for reviews. London’s Coliseum is jam-packed with ballet performances for summer 2013. Arriving on 16 July, for their first season in London since 2011, is the spectacularly colourful Les Saisons Russes du XXIe Siecle.
Founding Director Andris Liepa was inspired to set up the company when he visited the grave of Sergei Diaghilev in 1991. Specialising in authentic re-creations of original Ballets Russes productions such as Chopiniana, Scheherazade and the Polovetsian Dances, this season also sees a brand new work created for the company by Patrick de Bana former Principal dancer of Compania Nacional de Danza of Spain (his Jane Eyre will also be premiering at the Coliseum in August 2013 at the hands of Shanghai Ballet).
De Bana’s Cleopatra – Ida Rubinstein is a tribute to one of the most glamorous stars of the Ballets Russes and tells of the creation of Cleopatra, the signature role made for Rubinstein by Mikhail Fokine in 1909.
Also rather excitingly, Xander Parish (ex Royal Ballet boy who’s now going great guns with the Mariinsky) will be returning to home soil to perform in Chopiniana and Le Spectre de la Rose.
The full programme is as follows and tickets an be bought from the eno website:
Programme 1 (July 16 & 17)
Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Firebird
Programme 2 (July 18 & 19)
Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein, Scheherazade
Programme 3 (July 20)
Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein, Chopiniana, Polovetsian Dances