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London Russian Ballet School

Posted on November 6, 2015


London Russian Ballet School, a growing vocational school founded by former Bolshoi dancer Evgeny Goremykin and Harriet Pickering and based in Clapham, south London, will be performing a programme of works at three venues in the capital in the coming weeks.

The programme, which includes the Grand Pas from Marius Petipa’s Paquita, will also feature the European premiere of Vladimir Varnava’s Siberian Tales, which – like the ballet The Stone Flower – is set in the Copper Mountains. Varnava, who has worked with Bolshoi ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, has set the ballet to the music of Aleksandra Pakhmutova’s Russian Suite. Each performance will be accompanied by the Orchestra of St Paul’s, a chamber orchestra based at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, and conducted by Ben Palmer.

You can see London Russian Ballet School at the Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square on November 9, at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls on November 11, and at the New Wimbledon Theatre on November 17.

Photograph courtesy of London Russian Ballet School

Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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