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State Ballet of Georgia to perform in Okinawa

Date Posted: 2012-06-08

One of the world’s best known ballet companies, the State Ballet of Georgia, is making a two-day visit to Okinawa next month for performances at the Okinawa City Civic Hall.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for ballet and opera enthusiasts, the State Ballet of Georgia is coming off a tour of Italy, with Okinawa performances of Swan Lake scheduled July 3rd and 4th. Swan Lake, one of the world’s best known performances, was fashioned from Russian folk tales, telling the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. The dreamer, Prince Siegfried, is the other principal figure. Dating to 1877 and performed initially by the Bolshoi Ballet, the Pyotr Tchaikovsky composition has become a favorite.

The July 3rd performance features Anastasia Matvienko in the Odette/Odile role, while Sigfried is played by Vasil Akhmeteli. Advance tickets are ¥9,500 for S seats, ¥7.500 for A seats, and ¥6,500 for B seats. Tickets at the door for the 7 p.m. performance are ¥1,000 more. . A bonus for those purchasing tickets for this performance; ticket holders may watch top ballerina Nina Ananiashvili practicing on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and attend her talk show from 5:30 ~ 6 p.m.

The Wednesday, July 4th performance features Nina Ananiashvili, one of the world’s top ballerinas. Tickets for her performance are ¥17,500 for S seats, ¥15,500 for A seats and ¥12,500 for B seats.

Tickets are on sale now at Palette Ryobo’s 8th floor Service Counter, Coop Apre at Omoromachi, ePlus at Family Mart, and at the main office of Okinawa Times Company... Tickets are not changeable or refundable. Children under four years of age are not permitted, and all children older than four must pay regular ticket prices. All seats are reserved and numbered, and are not changeable. Organizers note it is prohibited to take pictures or videos, or to bring tape recorders or use cell phones at the Civic Hall venue.

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