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VIDEO: First Look at Svetlana Zakharova in the UK Premiere of AMORE

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet brings her new triple bill AMORE to the Coliseum in November. Svetlana will be joined by some of the Bolshoi Theatre's brightest stars including Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin as well as choreographer/dancer Patrick de Bana. Music will be performed by the ENO Orchestra conducted by Pavel Sorokin. Check out the trailer below!

'AMORE' is a triple bill of new works commissioned by Svetlana from world-renowned choreographers giving her the opportunity of experimenting with classical and contemporary genres.

'AMORE' triple bill:

  1. 'Francesca da Rimini' by Yuri Possokhov: a 13th century love story whose central character was portrayed in the works of Dante, is set to Tchaikovsky's symphonic poem.
  2. 'Rain Before It Falls' by Patrick de Bana: danced by Svetlana, de Bana (left) and Denis Savin to an eclectic score featuring music by Bach, the 19th century Italian violinist/composer Ottorino Respighi and the contemporary Venezuelan composer Carlos Quintana-Pina.
  3. 'Strokes Through The Tail' by Marguerite Donlon: a delightful piece performed by Svetlana and five male soloists (above left) variously costumed in tails, and grass skirts to Mozart's 40th Symphony.

"I love the challenge of creating something different, unpredictable," says Svetlana. "That's why I came up with the idea of making a big project where I could perform different types of choreography in three distinct ballets. I've called the programme Amore because all three ballets are about aspects of love and love is present in all of the performances and as an international project the word 'amore' really needs no translation. I hope that Coliseum audiences will love my new programme! All the artists performing in Amore are my colleagues from the Bolshoi; and I love every one of them."

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Photo credit: Alan Hanel

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