Following on from their outstanding performances of A Festival of Russian Ballet, the Imperial Russian Ballet Company return to Australia with A Russian Triple Bill. This stunning programme performed in three awe-inspiring acts is proudly presented by Russian Ballet Ltd.

A Russian Triple Bill will be presented for the first time to Australian audiences. This impressive and diverse programme consists of the fairy tale spectacular of Princess Aurora’s wedding from Sleeping Beauty in Act 1, the romantic Les Sylphides in Act 2 and the electrifying Carmen in Act 3.

ACT I – SLEEPING BEAUTY (Act III - Princess Aurora’s Wedding)
A holiday is declared for the wedding of Princess Aurora & Prince Desire. This is a joyous and happy ballet which will be loved by all

A short ballet in one act about a young man who while walking at night encounters a group of sylphs or magical woman

Carmen is a flirtatious and seductive gypsy woman whose love affair with two men ends in tragedy.

“Bold, Brave Russians”

"In a night that overflows with all things ballet, you can't help be swept up by the sheer panache of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company dancers."
The West Australian


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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

Wednesday 19th September
Frankston Arts Centre
Bookings: (03) 9784 1060 www.artscentre.frankston.vic.gov.au
Thursday 20th September
Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au
Saturday 22nd September
Albury Entertainment Centre
Bookings: (02) 6043 5610
Sunday 23rd September
The Playhouse GPAC, Geelong
Bookings: (03) 5225 1200 www.gpac.org.au
Wednesday 26th September
Princess Theatre, Launceston
Bookings: (03) 6323 3666
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th September
Theatre Royal, Hobart
Bookings: (03) 6233 2299
Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th October
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong
Bookings: (02) 4224 5999
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October
State Theatre, Sydney
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 139 588 www.ticketmaster.com.au
Sunday 7th October
Civic Theatre, Newcastle
Bookings: (02) 4929 1977 www.ticketek.com.au
Wednesday 10th October
The Arts Centre, Gold Coast
Bookings: (07) 5588 4000
Friday 12th and Saturday 13th October
Concert Hall, QPAC Brisbane
Bookings: QPAC 136 246 www.qpac.com.au
Tuesday 16th October
Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg
Bookings: (07) 4130 4100
Wednesday 17th October
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Bookings: (07) 5491 4240
Thursday 18th October
Ipswick Civic Centre
Bookings: (07) 3810 6100
Saturday 20th October
Brolga Theatre, Marybor
Bookings: (07) 4122 6060
Sunday 21st October
Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
Bookings: 1300 655 299
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October
Glasshouse Port Macquarie
Bookings: (02) 6581 8888
Saturday 27th October
Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre
Bookings: (02) 6801 4378
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