Principal soloist with Moscow Ballet
Principal soloist with Moscow Ballet "La Classique" Swan Lake Anastasia Chumakova will perform for the first time in Australia, including a show at the Pilbeam Theatre next month. Contributed

Timeless and tragic love story Swan Lake brought to life on Pilbeam stage

IT'S a role equally beautiful as it is challenging for any dancer who plays Swan Lake's Odetta and Odiliya.

But Russia's Anastasia Chumakova isn't complaining.

The talented dancer will feature as the principal soloist in the upcoming Moscow Ballet's La Classique Swan Lake, in their triumphant return to Australia, touring throughout March and April.

To be performed at Rockhampton's Pilbeam Theatre on March 18, the spellbinding classical romance is one of the most splendid ballet's of all time, brought to life by composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's spectacular score masterpiece.

Following their 2015 sell-out performances of Sleeping Beauty, the spectacular and critically-acclaimed performance of the spellbinding classical romance of Swan Lake is set to wow audiences.

From the moon-lit lake where elegant swans silently glide to the magnificent opulence of the Palace Ballroom, Odile, the temptress in a cloud of black tulle provides a ravishing counterpoint to the purity and innocence of Odette, the beautiful Swan Queen.

A fairytale story conveying all the drama of a tragic romance.

Having travelled across the globe performing in many renowned theatre pieces, Anastasia will make her debut on Australian stages next month.

Speaking to Pulse last week, she said she was very excited by the idea.

"I really love to travel, it's always something new,” she said.

"I travel to different cities a lot, so really hope to find the time to see Australia. It's amazing to get the chance to come there.”

Moscow Ballet's Swan Lake was established in 1990 by its current artistic director, Elik Melikov.

The Moscow government sponsored ballet company brings this classical two-act. Ballet technique, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets will capture the imagination and bring the passion and the romance of this classical ballet fairytale to life.

Upon graduating from the famous Perm Ballet School with distinction in 1998, Anastasia joined the Tchelyabinsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Her professional repertoire comprises characters from classical ballets like Kitri in Don Quixote, Giselle in Giselle, Clara in Nutcracker, Chakhrezada in One Thousand and One Nights and Michaela in Carmen.

Anastasia agreed playing the two opposing characters in Swan Lake was physically tough, but loved Moscow Ballet's high standard in exciting the timeless tale.

"I think it's a very beautiful production, from the decoration and music and costumes, it's a very famous story,” she said.

"The artists and principals within the company are of very high quality.”

Constantly in demand, Moscow Ballet La Classique have thrilled the ballet lovers over the past few years with successful tours in Italy, Morocco, Spain, Egypt, Austria, Norway, Taiwan, China, France, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K.

IF YOU GO

WHEN: Saturday, March 18 from 7.30pm

WHERE: Pilbeam Theatre

TICKETS: Adult $85, bookings 4927 4111



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