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The Cossacks are coming to Chatham Theatre

Date: 09/09/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Direct from Russia, the Don Cossacks State Dance Company will perform at The Central Theatre in Chatham as part of their first ever UK tour. Widely acknowledged as Russia’s premier Cossack dance troupe, this world-class company of 40 dancers, musicians and singers cite love, dedication and enthusiasm for their unique cultural heritage as the driving forces behind their energetic performances. Dressed in spectacular costumes and accompanied by a live orchestra, the troupe performs an exciting two-hour programme of music and acrobatic dance that portrays all the boisterous courage of the Cossacks. Tales of battle, glory, love and betrayal are portrayed through a kaleidoscope of dance and thundering rhythms, mixed with popular Russian classics such as Kalinka and Midnight in Moscow. The history of the Don Cossacks dates back to 1936, when local villages in the area by the River Don formed the ensemble as a result of the people's immense desire to keep alive and increase the great culture and traditions of the Russian Cossacks. The Cossacks of Russia were legendary horsemen and warriors, but it was really through their music and dance that they unleashed their relentless energy and passion for life and freedom. Today the company boasts a wide range of talent, from young graduates from their own academy to more experienced dancers and musicians who have worked with the company for many years. Behind each performance lies many hours of strenuous rehearsals and self-discipline, all under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Victor Preobrazhensky, and the dedication and perfectionism brought to every detail of their performance has brought the Cossacks worldwide acclaim. Principle dancer Alexander Rytov says: “The audience reaction on recent international tours has been outstanding, with very genuine and warm receptions. This will be a remarkable concert, rich in energy, passion and excitement that will leave lasting memories of a fabulous evening's entertainment”. The Don Cossacks perform at The Central Theatre on Sunday, 5 October at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £20 and £18.50, with special children’s prices and family tickets also available. To book contact the box office on 01634 338338 or visit www.medway.gov.uk/theatrebooking ENDS Editors; for further information contact Lisa Caleno on 01634 338308 or email lisa.caleno@medway.gov.uk