Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet brings her new triple bill AMORE to the Coliseum in November. Svetlana will be joined by some of the Bolshoi Theatre’s brightest stars including Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin as well as choreographer/dancer Patrick de Bana. Music will be performed by the ENO Orchestra conducted by Pavel Sorokin.

‘AMORE’ is a triple bill of new works commissioned by Svetlana from world-renowned choreographers giving her the opportunity of experimenting with classical and contemporary genres.



‘AMORE’ triple bill:

  1. ‘Francesca da Rimini’ by Yuri Possokhov: a 13th century love story whose central character was portrayed in the works of Dante, is set to Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem.
  2. ‘Rain Before It Falls’ by Patrick de Bana: danced by Svetlana, de Bana (left) and Denis Savin to an eclectic score featuring music by Bach, the 19th century Italian violinist/composer Ottorino Respighi and the contemporary Venezuelan composer Carlos Quintana-Pina.
  3. ‘Strokes Through The Tail’ by Marguerite Donlon: a delightful piece performed by Svetlana and five male soloists (above left) variously costumed in tails, and grass skirts to Mozart’s 40th Symphony.

“I love the challenge of creating something different, unpredictable,” says Svetlana.  “That’s why I came up with the idea of making 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.  I hope that Coliseum audiences will love my new programme!  All the artists performing in Amore are my colleagues from the Bolshoi; and I love every one of them.”

SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA:  A towering figure in 21st century ballet, Svetlana Zakharova is as famous for her sublime interpretation of the great classical roles as for her embracement of contemporary choreography. Born in Lutsk in the Ukraine in 1979, Svetlana Zakharova trained for six years at the Kiev Choreographic School. After obtaining second prize at the 1995 International young dancers’ competition in St. Petersburg (‘Vaganova Prix’) she was immediately admitted to the third course at the Vaganova Ballet Academy (a  unique case in the school’s history) and graduated into the Kirov in the summer of 1996, just 17. The next year she was promoted to principal dancer – she bypassed the corps de ballet altogether. In 1999 Zakharova’s career rose to new heights after she was spotted by Mikhail Baryshnikov during rehearsals for the Kirov gala in Versailles. Soon she accepted the invitation to become a guest star of Paris Grand Opera.

Since 2001 she has frequently appeared as principal guest artist with various companies including Tokyo, Paris, Rome, Milan, Munich, Vienna, New York, Rio and more.  She was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet four times before she finally moved from the Mariinsky to the Bolshoi in 2003. In 2008 she became the first Russian Etoile at Teatro alla Scala in Milan.  She performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

November 21st, 24th, 25th at 7.30pm

PRESS NIGHT: November 21st at 7.30pm