Irina Kolesnikova in
USA Debut Season
With the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT)
In February 2020, legendary Russian prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova makes her long-anticipated USA debut. Acclaimed from London to Sydney, from Johannesburg to Paris, Kolesnikova brings together guest artists from the world’s leading ballet companies in the spellbinding St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre’s production of Tchaikovsky’s SWAN LAKE. Irina Kolesnikova has a wealth of superlative credits attesting to her mastery. As Odette-Odile, the role that is her personal trademark, she is unique. Her Swan Queen at the London Coliseum was described by Telegraph as “truly a thing of remarkable beauty and technically flawless.”
Founded 25 years ago, St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is famous not just for its beautiful Vaganova trained dancers, but also for its stunning full-length productions. The company travels internationally performing classical masterpieces from its repertoire including Giselle, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliette, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty. The incredibly popular company is in such demand internationally that it commits to over 200 performances every year.
And now, following sold-out seasons in London, Paris, Seoul, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, the globally lauded St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre (SPBT) make its USA debut in Washington on stage of the National Theatre. See prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova, the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, guest artists, and the timeless production of Tchiakovsky’s SWAN LAKE. Seen just once, it will be a night remembered forever.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Run time: Approximately 2 hours, 40 minutes, with two intermissions.
“St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is a company to be treasured.” -Sunday Telegraph, London
“Irina Kolesnikova is a diva of dance with whom few stars can compare.” -Journal du Dimanche, Paris
“A world-class triumph. Not to be missed… The range of emotion and style combined in the role of Odette/Odile, separates the women from the girls and Kolesnikova’s definitive interpretation must have earned a place in the Swan Lake history books.” -The Sunday Express, London
"The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre and the brilliant Irina Kolesnikova have left a considerable mark in the history book of world ballet, a mark which has turned into one of its most glorious and unforgettable pages.” -Danse Magazine №269, Paris
“Irina Kolesnikova is a sublime ballerina.” -London Dance, UK
“Kolesnikova’s Odette is technically flawless with great fluidity and a beautiful command of character. She alone is worth the ticket price.” -The Telegraph London
“The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is one of the best.” -Observer, London
“A thrilling prima ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova, and a superb back-up cast and corps de ballet… Swoon Lake…” -The Witness, South Africa
“Irina Kolesnikova - you cannot take your eyes off her. Every flinch of her impossibly long arms commands attention… Stunning to watch… Breathtakingly emotional and pinpoint precise. ***** Five stars.” -Irish Daily Mail
*Additional casting will be announced shortly. The management reserves the right to substitute any scheduled artist for any reason whatsoever, even at short notice should the need arise.