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Moscow City Ballet

Posted on September 1, 2014

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moscow-city-balletMoscow City Ballet is back in the UK this autumn, following the great success of its Silver Anniversary tour last year. The company will be touring Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker and Giselle from November 3.

The company was founded in 1988 by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, who died in 2013 after a long battle with cancer. His wife, Ludmila Neroubashchenko, has been leading the company for the past few years, maintaining his productions.

She said: “Last season was emotional and daunting with it being our first UK tour since Victor died and the company’s 25th anniversary, but the audiences were amazing and supportive. We’re thrilled they want us back so soon; demand has been so great for next season that we’re bringing more dancers, more staging and more costumes, in effect two Moscow City Ballet production companies. The additions to the company will allow us the flexibility to overlap on some of the tour dates and yet still provide the complete Russian dance experience.”

In the past few years, the company has expanded due to increased demand for appearances in Eastern Europe and internationally. See for tour dates.


Picture: Swan Lake. Photograph courtesy of Moscow City Ballet




Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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