‘This incontestable star of Bolshoi (without any taint of exaggeration) has the body, which may be possessed by one among ten millions of ballerinas” (Daily Telegraph)

“Svetlana Zakharova’s Odette may be the finest performance I’ve seen from her. Her adagio line is exquisitely fine-spun, yet there’s a weight in her arms, a wildness in the movements of her head that pitches this Swan Queen eloquently between human and bird.”  (Guardian)

“I love the challenge of creating something different, unpredictable. That’s why I came up with the idea of making a big project where I could perform different types of choreography in three distinct ballets.  I’ve called the programme Amore because all three ballets are about aspects of love and love is present in all of the performances and as an international project the word ‘amore’ really needs no translation.” (Svetlana Zakharova)


Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti, Modena, Italy
World Premiere: 12.05.2016
The Bolshoi Theatre, Historical stage, Moscow, Russia
Russian Premiere: 24.05.2016

30.06.2016 Ravina, Italy
03.07.2016 Genève, Switzerland
06.07.2016 Monte Carlo
08.&09.11.2016 Napoli, Italy
13.12.2016 Riga, Lativia
14.&15.03.2017 The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia
26.&27.09.2017 Trans-Siberian Art Festival Japan 2017, Bunkamura, Tokyo, Japan
UK Premiere: 21.-25.11.2017 Coliseum, London see link for dates and more information

Choreography & Concept: Marguerite Donlon
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Costumes: Igor Chapurin
Light: Andrei Abramov
Dancers: Svetlana Zakharova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Savin, Vladislav Kozlov, Alexei Gaynutdinov, Anton Gaynutdinov
Photos: Jack Devant ballet photography
Video Amore


The three faces of Amore presented by the sublime Svetlana Zakharova in her brand new triple bill are passion, ambiguity and playfulness. She is joined on stage by top Bolshoi male artists, including Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Rodkin and Denis Savin. Live music will be provided by the Orchestra of English National Opera under the direction of Pavel Sorokin.

The evening opens with Yuri Possokhov’s masterpiece Francesca da Rimini. Set to Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem, it tells the story of the tragic lovers from Dante’s Inferno condemned to eternal punishment.

Rain before it falls, choreographed by Patrick de Bana is a ballet which concerns the struggle with the choice between darkness and light. It is set to classical sounds by Bach and Respighi decorated with modern electronic music tapestry by Pina-Quintana.

The third piece features Svetlana Zakharova supported by five male dancers. Set to Mozart’s Symphony No.40, Strokes Through the Tail is a humorous piece choreographed by Marguerite Donlon, providing the perfect ending to the evening. Part of the fun is costumes by fashion designer Igor Chapurin who also created the costumes for the unforgettable Francesca.