Following their sell-out performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia. This diverse and stunning programme in three awe-inspiring acts is proudly presented by Russian Ballet Ltd.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company have performed this three-hour ballet extravaganza all around the world, thrilling audiences and impressing critics. This stunning and diverse programme consists of an eclectic mix ranging from the magnificent Don Quixote, to the hilarious Can Can Surprise and from the dramatic Bolero to the beautiful Giselle and Dying Swan.






Don Quixote, a retired gentleman travels the roads of Spain searching for glory and grand adventure. Accompanying him is Sancho Panza who he has persuaded to accompany him. Don Quixote gives up food and shelter for the love of a peasant woman.

Don Quixote was first performed in Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1869. Since then it has been performed all over the world by Russian and international ballet companies.


First there was darkness, then there was light and then there was the Godhead. The people made sacrifices, built a temple and laid themselves all the way along to the temple. "Bolero" is a striking and dramatic ballet. Ravel was inspired to create the masterpiece after visiting a large industrial factory. There he noted the slow regular movement of the assembly lines, and the crash of machine and materials. "Bolero" is regarded as one of world music’s masterpieces.


Highlights from the world’s great ballets including Giselle, The Dying Swan and Le Corsaire. Also in Act Three, Gopak and Ne Me Quittes Pas, Can Can Surprise


The Imperial Russian Ballet Company was formed in 1994 by the Bolshoi Theatre soloist, Gediminas Taranda. They have combined the unity and integrity of the great Russian Ballet Schools where traditions are passed on from one generation to another. The founders of the company acknowledge and respect the Russian Imperial dynasty which has made such a contribution to the development of the arts and in establishing the system of Imperial theatres including the Bolshoi and the Marinski theatres. The prime choreographic style adopted by the Company is a classical one, however they also indulge in modern dance. Their stage repertoire is based on the combination of classical masterpieces and modern choreographic pieces.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company has been touring world-wide since 1994. They have staged classic masterpieces in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and the Mossovet Theatre. The home venue for the troupe when they perform in Moscow is now the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre. The cast of 40 elite dancers and support staff will travel to Australia in October & November 2017.


Gediminas Taranda was born in Kaliningrad in 1961 and grew up in Voronezh. He trained at the State Academic Moscow Ballet School from 1978-1980 before joining the Bolshoi Baller as a soloist. For thirteen years until 1993 Gediminas Taranda was a star of the Bolshoi Theatre performing in many ballets including: "Golden Age", "Giselle", "Ivan the Terrible", "The Stone Flowers" and "Spartacus".

In 1994 he formed and became Artistic Director of The Imperial Russian Ballet Company bringing on board friends who were dancers at the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets including Maija Pilsetskaya who is one of Russia’s most famous ballerinas.
She supported the company and in 1994 they performed with her on stage to celebrate her 50th anniversary as a performer. In 1996, she was named President of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company.
Gediminas Taranda has produced and participated in many charitable performances to raise funds for the struggle against cancer, and is an active participant of AAD (Art Against Drugs) in association with "The Russian Fund of Culture".
In 1997 he was awarded the title "Man of the Year" and the "Silver Cross Award". In 2004 he received an award from the Russian Federation honouring his work in the Arts and in 2008 was the winner of the Diaghilev medal for his contribution to art.
He was invited to work as a motivational coach for the Russian Gymnastics team at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. His strive for perfection with all whom he works with is best epitomised in his own words: "If something is worth fighting for, you have to fight until the last breath (is left) in your body".

Tour Dates & Venue

Sunday 27 August 8pm - Monday 28 August 8pm CHRISTCHURCH Isaac Theatre Royal
03 377 8899 www.ticketek.co.nz
Thursday 31 August 8pm OAMARU Oamaru Opera House
0800 224 224 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Sunday 3 September 8pm TIMARU Theatre Royal
0800 TICKETEK www.ticketek .co.nz Newmans Music Works 03 688 5597
Saturday 2 September 8pm DUNEDIN Regent Theatre
03 477 8597 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Wednesday 6 September 8pm WHANGANUI Royal Wanganui Opera House
06 349 0511 www.royaloperahouse.co.nz
Friday 8 September 8pm NORTH SHORE Bruce Mason Centre
09 970 9700 www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Saturday 9 September 8pm Sunday 10 September 2pm TAURANGA Baycourt
07 577 7188 www.ticketek.co.nz
Monday 11 September 8pm NAPIER Municipal Theatre
0800 842 538 www.ticketek.co.nz
Wednesday 13 September 8pm NEW PLYMOUTH TSB Showplace
0800 TICKETEK www.ticketek.co.nz
Thursday 14 September 8pm PALMERSTON NORTH Regent on Broadway
06 357 9740 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Friday 15 September 8pm Saturday 16 September 2pm & 8pm WELLINGTON St James
04 384 3840 www.ticketek.co.nz
Sunday 17 September 8pm Monday 18 September 8pm BLENHEIM ASB Theatre
0800 224 224 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Thursday 21 September 8pm INVERCARGILL Civic Theatre
03 211 1692 www.ticketdirect.co.nz
Wednesday 27 September 8pm Thursday 28 September 8pm HAMILTON Clarence St Theatre
0800 842 538 www.ticketek.co.nz
Friday 29 September 8pm Saturday 30 September 2pm & 8pm AUCKLAND ASB Theatre
09 970 9700 www.ticketmaster.co.nz
Wednesday 4 October 8pm Newcastle Civic Theatre
02 4929 1977 www.ticketek.com.au
Thursday 5 October 8pm Friday 6 October 8pm Saturday 7 October 2pm & 8pm Sydney State Theatre
1300 139 588 www.ticketmaster.com.au
Sunday 8 October 2pm Monday 9 October 8pm Tuesday 10 October 8pm Wollongong Illawarra Performing Arts
02 4224 5999 www.merrigong.com.au
Thursday 12 October 7.30pm Friday 13 October 7.30pm Launceston Princess Theatre
03 6323 3666 www.theatrenorth.com.au
Saturday 14 October 7.30pm Sunday 15 October 7.30pm Hobart Theatre Royal
03 6233 2299 www.theatreroyal.com.au
Thursday 19 October 8pm Friday 20 October 8pm Brisbane Concert Hall
136 246 www.qpac.com.au
Saturday 21 October 8pm Toowoomba Empire Theatre 1300 655 299 www.empiretheatre.com.au
Monday 23 October 8pm Tuesday 24 October 8pm Canberra Playhouse
02 6275 2700 canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Thursday 26 October 7.30pm Friday 27 October 7.30pm Saturday 28 October 7.30pm Adelaide Her Majesty's Theatre
131 246 www.bass.net.au
Sunday 29 October 8pm Tanunda Barossa Arts & Convention Centre
08 8561 4299 www.ticketmaster.com.au
Wednesday 1 November 8pm Thursday 2 November 8pm Port Macquarie Glasshouse
02 6581 8888 www.glasshouse.org.au Saturday 4 November 8pm Dubbo Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre (DRTCC)
02 6801 4378 www.drtcc.com.au
Wednesday 8 November 7.30pm Albury Entertainment Centre
02 6043 5610 www.alburycity.nsw.gov.au/entertainment
Thursday 9 November 8pm Frankston Frankston Arts Centre
03 9784 1060 www.thefac.com.au Saturday 11 November 2pm & 8pm Melbourne Palais Theatre 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au
Wednesday 15 November Maryborough Brolga Theatre
07 4122 6060 www.brolgatheatre.org
Saturday 18 November 7.30pm Rockhampton Pilbeam Theatre
07 4927 4111 www.seeitlive.com
Sunday 19 November 5.00pm Bundaberg Moncrieff Theatre
07 4130 4100 www.moncrieff-bundaberg.com.au
Tuesday 21 November 8pm Ipswich Ipswich Civic Centre
07 3810 6100 www.ipswichciviccentre.com.au
Thursday 23 November 7pm Caloundra The Events Centre
07 5491 4240 www.theeventscentre.com.au
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