3d ballet on screen for first time

Ekaterina Kondaurova in Swan Like  which  will be filmed in 3D at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, on June 6, and transmitted live to  the Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas  in Sheffield.
Ekaterina Kondaurova in Swan Like which will be filmed in 3D at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, on June 6, and transmitted live to the Odeon, Cineworld and Vue cinemas in Sheffield.

Russian ballet is coming live from St Petersburg’s world-famous Mariinsky Theatre to a cinemas worldwide on Thursday (June 6).

Local cinemas taking part include Cineworld Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield and Vue Sheffield.

Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is the first ballet to use the Academy Award-winning technology used on films including Hugo and Life of Pi.

Valery Gergiev will conduct the performance. He said: “As we know, visually ballet is such a thrilling experience and 3D just makes it even more spectacular than anything we could do before.”

First performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895, Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a princess who is turned into a swan by a sorcerer’s curse, and her doomed love for a prince.

Prima ballerina Ekaterina Kondaurova will dance the dual roles of Odette and Odile. East Yorkshire-born Xander Parish, the first British dancer to join the Mariinsky Ballet, will take the role of one of the prince’s friends.