Scheherazade & Chopiniana tickets for the London Coliseum run now on sale!
Established in the first half of the 20th century, the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is the oldest theatre in Kazakhstan, and now it’s set to embark on an ambitious worldwide tour for its 2019/2020 season. As part of their tour, the prestigious Kazakh dance company from Central Asia will be making its long-awaited UK premiere with the two spectacular, one-act ballets, Scheherazade and Chopiniana. If you’re looking for top West End shows of dance, then you’ve certainly pranced to the right spot!
About the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre
The theatre was founded in 1934 and has long since been associated with a number of Russian icons and international dance stars, including the famed Russian ballet dancer Galina Ulanova, the great opera star Larisa Aleksandrovskaya, and the esteemed Soviet-Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev. It’s taken many years, but the theatre has managed to gradually promote its cultural heritage around the world with its highly-acclaimed ballets and operas. The Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre additionally frequently stage masterpieces from both Western Europe and Russia as part of its sizeable repertoire.
About Michel Fokine, the choreographer behind the ballets
In a bid to break from tradition after growing frustrated with the lack of innovation, Michel Fokine was a radical choreographer in search of new expressions and forms. The result was Chopiniana, a piece that revolutionised the art of dance with its musical unity, cross-cutting actions, scenography, and choreography. It depicted the rich life story of the famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. Featuring a plethora of narratives, the title of the work was eventually renamed Les Sylphides.
Fokine’s rejection of conventional dance continued with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, which took on erotic themes and non-classical ballet movements. Featuring imagery of an exotic Golden Slave, phallic symbols, and orgiastic scenes, the ballet was a true tour-de-force that demonstrated his adept skill of form and seemingly unlimited capabilities of the body as a canvas. The piece turned some heads and raised some eyebrows but became a phenomenal success all the same.
The fantastic ballet company of the Abay Opera and Ballet Theatre are guaranteed to blow audiences away with their refined skills, unwavering concentration, dedication, and meticulous drive in achieving perfection. This new, unconventional reimagining of an internationally renowned ballet repertoire is certainly not one to be missed!
London theatre tickets for ballets Chopiniana and Scheherazade available now!
Complete with stunning pieces by Frédéric Chopin, the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre’s Scheherazade & Chopiniana is one of this biggest productions in London dance theatre this autumn. London ballet tickets are not so difficult to come by, but if you’re looking for the best seats at the West End’s London Coliseum, then you’ll certainly want to book your London dance tickets well in advance!