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Tchaikovsky Ballet to perform ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Shakespeare ballet

January 29, 2012
By TARA D. McKINNEY - Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater's classic version of "Romeo and Juliet" will grace the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

Igor Levin, 65, of Odessa, Russia, has been the artistic director of the Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Russia since 1988. As a former performer, he made his debut on the Voronezh State Ballet Theater of Russia's stage. Levin performed for 30 years in more than 50 roles where he was known for his fine musical acting and taste.

Olga Nepomniashchaya is the artistic and tour director of the Tchaikovsky Ballet's current tour. Nepomniashchaya, 57, is from Voronezh, Russia.

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The Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater’s classic version of “Romeo and Juliet” will grace the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

She danced as a ballerina in the Voronezh State Ballet for 30 years and has been an artistic director for 10 years. What she enjoys most about being artistic director of the ballet is the constant creativity and chance to be around young people.

"I especially enjoy seeing a beginning dancer just out of choreography school transform into a master or principal dancer," Nepomniashchaya said. "I love being able to see the performance with all its handmade decorations and costumes come to life on stage."

According to Nepomniashchaya, the Williams-port audience can expect to go along on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Romeo and Juliet.

"The last show we did had people tearing up in the audience," Nepomniashchaya said. "They could feel the emotions the dancers were displaying on stage."

Svetlana Noskova, 32, of Voronezh is the principal dancer in "Romeo and Juliet." She agrees that the performance is a highly emotional experience, but not just for the audience.

"As Juliet, I feel deep love and passion, as well as worry," Noskova said. "My favorite part of the ballet is the adagio during the balcony scene when I meet Romeo. I lose myself and become Juliet. I can feel the love and passion she feels for Romeo. These are all very nice things to feel."

Noskova has been a professional dancer for 14 years, starting directly after she graduated from the Voronezh State Choreographic Institute.

She is the leading soloist in the Voronezh State Ballet Theater of Russia. Outside of her native Russia, she has danced in ballet performances in the Belgium, France, Germany, Holland and the United States. The principal dancer has performed many roles in classic ballets such as Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty," Ekaterina in "The Stone Flower," Giselle in "Giselle" and Odette-Odelia in "Swan Lake." Although Noskova shines in classical roles, she also has stolen the show in modernist-style ballets such as "Angels of Death" and "Yesenin and Duncan."

The ballet company will put on 17 performances of "Romeo and Juliet" during its current tour in the United States. The performance has three acts with music composed by Sergei Prokofiev. It is adapted from William Shakespeare's extremely popular story of two star-crossed lovers from rival families.

The ballet company has toured all over the world gaining international experience and fame.

What Nepomniashchaya likes best about traveling with the ballet company around the globe is the chance to learn from other performers.

"This is our fourth U.S. tour," Nepomniashchaya said. "I love how diverse each different place is. Whether we're in Chicago or a small town, people remember us and greet us warmly. They always look forward to our return performances."

The Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater Company has performed "Sleeping Beauty," "Tchaikovsky Ballet Spectacular" and "Swan Lake" at the Community Arts Center on past tours.

Tickets may be bought by calling 326-2424, visiting or visiting the theater at the box office.



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