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London Coliseum, London3.77 reviews
The Abay Kazakh State Opera and Ballet Theatre present Scheherazade and Chopiniana.

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Established in the first half of the 20th century, the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre is the oldest theatre in Kazakhstan, and now it’s set to embark on an ambitious worldwide tour for its 2019/2020 season. As part of their tour, the prestigious Kazakh dance company from Central Asia will be making its long-awaited UK premiere with the two spectacular, one-act ballets, Scheherazade and Chopiniana. If you’re looking for top West End shows of dance, then you’ve certainly pranced to the right spot!

About the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre

The theatre was founded in 1934 and has long since been associated with a number of Russian icons and international dance stars, including the famed Russian ballet dancer Galina Ulanova, the great opera star Larisa Aleksandrovskaya, and the esteemed Soviet-Russian composer Sergey Prokofiev. It’s taken many years, but the theatre has managed to gradually promote its cultural heritage around the world with its highly-acclaimed ballets and operas. The Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre additionally frequently stage masterpieces from both Western Europe and Russia as part of its sizeable repertoire.

About Michel Fokine, the choreographer behind the ballets

In a bid to break from tradition after growing frustrated with the lack of innovation, Michel Fokine was a radical choreographer in search of new expressions and forms. The result was Chopiniana, a piece that revolutionised the art of dance with its musical unity, cross-cutting actions, scenography, and choreography. It depicted the rich life story of the famous Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin. Featuring a plethora of narratives, the title of the work was eventually renamed Les Sylphides.

Fokine’s rejection of conventional dance continued with Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, which took on erotic themes and non-classical ballet movements. Featuring imagery of an exotic Golden Slave, phallic symbols, and orgiastic scenes, the ballet was a true tour-de-force that demonstrated his adept skill of form and seemingly unlimited capabilities of the body as a canvas. The piece turned some heads and raised some eyebrows but became a phenomenal success all the same.

The fantastic ballet company of the Abay Opera and Ballet Theatre are guaranteed to blow audiences away with their refined skills, unwavering concentration, dedication, and meticulous drive in achieving perfection. This new, unconventional reimagining of an internationally renowned ballet repertoire is certainly not one to be missed!

London theatre tickets for ballets Chopiniana and Scheherazade available now!

Complete with stunning pieces by Frédéric Chopin, the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre’s Scheherazade & Chopiniana is one of this biggest productions in London dance theatre this autumn. London ballet tickets are not so difficult to come by, but if you’re looking for the best seats at the West End’s London Coliseum, then you’ll certainly want to book your London dance tickets well in advance!


Additional Information

Age restriction

Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.

Running time

1hr 50min (inc. interval)

Performance dates

17 November 2019

Venue Information

London Coliseum33 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4ES

Customer Reviews

7 reviews3.7

Louise Pattison18th November

We were in Stalls Row L and we were very irritated by the number of people taking photos as its very distracting firstly to have screens lighting up all around and then for the ushers to come rushing backwards and forwards with flash lights. Difficult problem I know. The music quality was very good and the execution of the ballet was very precise. I was not overly excited by the first act. It was harder to understand what was going on. The 2nd act was much better and easier to understand. But well done to the ballet company for its confident delivery. Getting drinks was very easy and we found a side ledge before the performance and a small table in the interval which was nice.

George de Nemeskeri-Kiss18th November

Chopiniana had unambitious choreography and flawed execution. The choice of operata music and the absence of an orchestra did not help the performance. Scheherazade was a lot better: better choreography, better costumes and better synchronisation with the music. The management of the Coliseum theatre was poor: queuing was chaotic and the security checks were slipshod.

Katrina Mataciunaite18th November

A pretty decent show with some very elegant and beautiful dancing, nice costumes. The choreography wasn't particularly complex and the introduction was a bit longer than needed perhaps, but overall a nice evening out with family and a great venue.

Lidia Long18th November

Technically very good, but not impressed with choreography. Lack of live orchestra was disappointing.

sharmila sothi18th November

Really enjoyed it

anna wiczynska-zajac18th November

Chopinaria - not the best possible performance Second - Scheherezade - perfect

Yury Samokhin18th November

They still have a lot to learn about the ballet