Zakharova and stars of Bolshoi at London Coliseum

Vera Liber

Svetlana Zakharova, Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet, brings her triple bill Amore to the London Coliseum for its UK première in November for four performances only.

Zakharova will be joined by Bolshoi Theatre’s Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin as well as choreographer/dancer Patrick de Bana with music be performed by the ENO Orchestra conducted by Pavel Sorokin.

Amore is the first programme Zakharova has commissioned and will feature three new works by choreographers Yuri Possokhov (San Francisco Ballet), Patrick de Bana (Vienna State Ballet) and Marguerite Donlon (National Board of German Ballet and Dance Theatre Directors).

Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini, a tragic, 13th-century love story whose central character was portrayed in the works of Dante, is set to Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem.

Partnered by Patrick de Bana in his own work, Rain Before It Falls, featuring music by Bach, 19th-century Italian violinist/composer Ottorino Respighi and contemporary Venezuelan composer Carlos Quintana-Pina, the dancers are joined by Denis Savin.

Donlon’s Strokes Through The Tail is performed by Zakharova and five male soloists to Mozart’s 40th Symphony.

Zakharova said, “I am excited about experiments. I love the challenge of creating something different, unpredictable. That’s why I came up with the idea of making not just one new number, but a big project where I could perform different types of choreography in three distinct ballets.

"I’ve called the programme Amore because all three ballets are about aspects of love and love is present in all of the performances and as an international project the word ‘amore’ really needs no translation.”