Stretching from the Arctic to the border of China, Siberia is a world of cultures—and this vibrant dance company brings influences from many of them to the stage—from leaping, twirling Cossack soldiers to brightly clad peasant dancers. “Astonishing… high-energy spectacle, dazzling gymnastic feats, folk music on authentic instruments and lots of humor” -- Tampa Bay Times
The Company was founded in 1960, and has been a success from the very outset. Audiences are captivated by the vivid character portrayals, the musical movements, and the colorful patterns of the choreographic design. The dances following one after another in a kaleidoscope manner are perceived as a single choreographic symphony, as a continuous stream of folk dance elements, now show and thoughtfully smooth, now shift and sparkling.
One of the most important elements in the scenic dance is the costumes. It helps to bring home to the spectators the idea of the choreographer, making the image of each personage more expressive, contributing to a finer perception of each dance.
Since its foundation, the Company has appeared in all parts of the Russian Federation, as well as in more than 60 countries of the world. During the Company's tour of Latin America, the newspapers highly acclaimed its performances. In its review, entitled "The Siberian Ballet Conquers America", a Mexican newspaper wrote: "It is hard to write about the ballet of Siberia. There is such a variety of movements and color. But it must be said that the impression made by the Company can be summed up, without fear or mistake, in a single word - "a fairy tale".
When the Company toured the USA, the "Washington Post" wrote in its article under the heading "Russian Folk Dance" that the folk dances from Russia seemed broader and more effective than the dances of any other country, due to their choreography and cultural traditions.
The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia, like all the very best dance companies, has something for everybody and should not be missed the next time they come to town. It’s the kind of theater experience that one looks forward to seeing again.