ONE of the world’s leading dance companies is coming to Swindon, to perform one of the world’s best loved ballets.

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia is stopping off at the Wyvern Theatre later this month as part of its extensive world tour.

One of the oldest ballet shows to be performed, La Fille Mal Gardee, and one of the most famous ballets of all time, The Nutcracker, will both be performed at the theatre.

Sergei Selivanov, head of international touring at leading ballet and opera promoters Raymond Gubbay, is delighted to be bringing his performers here – his company only allows the best to go on tour.

Sergie said: “We don’t make much money in Swindon but we love the audience and their reaction.

“When you have a crowd that is receptive it makes the show even better and we can always rely on this venue to do this.

“All of the work our performers do and go through all leads to this opportunity, no one wants to be left behind.”

The theatre is the smallest venue on the tour but offers a secluded vibe to make it feel intimate.

The large company includes dancers from Russia, Spain, Italy Hungary, France and the UK, and their varied repertoire contains comedic, romantic, and even supernatural elements.

In total there will be 42 dancers, who will also be accompanied by a 30-piece orchestra, of which Sergei says: “It is very special to have the power of a symphony orchestra bringing the choreography to life.”

The company has also incorporated digital video staging, which enables the company to quickly change the backdrop.

Sergei said: “It means there is no confusion where scenes are taking place, if it is set in a forest or in the palace, we can help the audience to see it. It helps technically but it also means it can be more spectacular.”

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia will perform La Fille Mal Gardée at the Wyvern on January 28, with The Nutcracker playing on January 29 and 30. All shows start at 7.30pm, with a 2.30pm matinee on January 29.