Win tickets to Sleeping Beauty On Ice at Hall for Cornwall, Truro
DIRECT from a worldwide tour, The Imperial Ice Stars make a triumphant return to Cornwall with Sleeping Beauty On Ice.
The hugely popular production opens at the Hall for Cornwall on Tuesday.
One of its stars, Olga Sharutenko – recently seen partnering Keith Chegwin on ITV's Dancing On Ice – talked to What's On about the show.
The Imperial Ice Stars are renowned for marrying well-loved classical scores with breathtaking choreography and romantic narrative, creating a fusion of adrenalin-rich ice dancing and dramatic performance.
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Set to Tchaikovsky's music, Sleeping Beauty On Ice tells the timeless fairytale love story through high-speed leaps and throws, graceful ice dancing, awe-inspiring acrobatics and aerial gymnastics.
Olga, pictured, said: "I first performed in the show nine years ago, but now we have refreshed it and taken it even further. Technically it's improved massively as have the performances.
"It's a beautiful story which we've attempted to make much more real – this Sleeping Beauty is more your girl next door. It's classical dance on ice and classical never goes out of fashion."
Acclaimed artistic director Tony Mercer, widely recognised as the world's leading creator of theatre-on-ice, has teamed with the distinguished Russian Olympic coach Tatiana Tarasova to take contemporary ice dance to a new level, inspiring the 26-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters to further raise the bar with feats so daring and complex they haven't yet been named.
"It's very hard work," added Olga, who first started skating as a very young child in Russia, as her grandmother walked her to school in the show. "We have to take pieces which are performed in the large skating arenas and bring them into small theatres like Cornwall, but we are able to do it."
Over the past eight years, this award-winning troupe has performed over 2,000 shows in more than 23 countries across five continents, gaining a worldwide following and establishing an unrivalled reputation for their sophisticated portrayals of classic works. Their previous world tours (Cinderella On Ice, Swan Lake On Ice and The Nutcracker On Ice) have been greeted with nightly standing ovations and five-star reviews.
Olga said: "I still live in Russia, though stay in North Wales while in the UK, but really I have no home as I tour all around the world with the company for more than ten months a year."
Is she surprised how people in this country have taken to figure skating and ice dance? "Well, you don't have ice rinks on every corner in this country, you have to travel to the cities if you want to skate, which makes it harder. In Russia, they are everywhere – there are hundreds of rinks in Moscow now.
"The popularity of Dancing On Ice has helped – it's such a lovely programme to work on. To be able to learn from and work with legends like Torville and Dean is incredible."
Did your heart sink when you got Cheggers as your partner?
"A lot of people were 'aw, you've got Keith Chegwin' expecting him not to be very good, but he was one of the best at the beginning and he proved people wrong. It was such a delight for me to see what he achieved, as it wasn't easy for him."
Olga, who, with her partner, was Junior World Champion in the 1990s, added: "People have said to me after the shows in your country, 'my child started skating because she saw you perform'. That always makes me very happy; it's quite an achievement."
Sleeping Beauty on Ice will be at Hall for Cornwall from Tuesday, March 26 to Sunday, March 31, performances are at 7.30pm with matinees at 2.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and a 3.30pm matinee on Sunday. Tickets are from £12.50 to £31.50 plus a £1 Theatre Fund payment with family and concession rates available. Call the box office on 01872 262466 or book online at www.hallforcornwall.co.uk
What's On has a pair of tickets to give away to see Sleeping Beauty On Ice. To win, tell us which former soap star zoomed off the rink in amusing style in a previous series of Dancing On Ice. Was it:
Answers, marked Sleeping Beauty, to arrive by noon on Monday, March 25, to firstname.lastname@example.org
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