Preview: Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre – Chopiniana/Scheherazade: London Coliseum, 17 November 2019

If you go down to the woods today

We’re waiting! Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chopiniana. Photo by Nikolay Postnikov

If you like your ballet full of harem pants and sylphs, then the snappily-titled Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre’s UK debut performance may be just the thing for you. They’re a long established company having made their home in Kazakhstan’s former capital Almaty in 1934 and they have a strong connection to the Russian balletic tradition. Underlining that is their choice to present Chopiniana (more commonly known as Les Sylphides in the West) and Scheherazade (based on the story from 1001 Nights) in London, both created by the legendary Russian choreographer Michel Fokine.

It’s a one-night only performance at the London Coliseum and it takes place on Sunday 17 November 2019, starting at 7.30. It’s not often we get to see international touring companies performing the classics anymore, even in London, and this is a unique opportunity to see a new-to-you company. And that’s not even to mention the great music that’s on offer too.

Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre perform Chopiniana/Scheherazade on 17 November 2019 and tickets can be found on the London Coliseum website.

Gerard Davis

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