Dance Review


Scottish audiences are being treated to three separate performances from the Moscow City Ballet, a 70-strong collective of elite principals, corps de ballet and soloists.

Starting off in Aberdeen tomorrow night, the MCB - one of Russia’s leading ballet companies - will take on Giselle, the traditional tale of love and betrayal by romantic French poet, Theophile Gautier, and set to music by Adolphe Adam.

It tells the dramatic story of country girl Giselle who falls in love with a prince who is set to marry another. Overcome with grief she dies and joins the Wilis of the Forest, girls who have been wronged by their betrothed, who try to make the prince dance until he dies at Giselle’s graveside, while she attempts to save him by dancing in his place.

The next two nights find the MCB performing Cinderella, the well-known tale of a young girl who is bullied by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters but finds love and hope for escape when she meets her Prince Charming at the ball. Set to music by Prokofiev, His Majesty’s Theatre plays host to the traditional version of the story by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, the company’s artistic director, and promises to show the company at its finest.

The final stop is Eden Court, where the ballet troupe treat Inverness audiences to their performance of Swan Lake, filled with that beautiful Tchaikovsky score performed by a full orchestra, enchanting dance, stunning costumes and evocative sets. A romantic end to a run that will find three classic pieces performed to Scottish audiences by one of the world’s most celebrated dance companies.

• His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen (01224-641 122), tomorrow to Wednesday, 7.30pm; Eden Court, Inverness (01463-234 234), Thursday to Saturday, 7.30pm, Saturday matinee, 2.30pm

Back to the top of the page