The company hails from the Voronezh State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, which was established in 1961. The city of Voronezh was founded in 1585 by Tsar Feodor I a fortress protecting the Russian state from the raids of Crimean and Nogay Tatars, is a large city in the south of Central Russia, not far from Ukraine. Settlements were present in Voronezh since the Stone Age. And as the name Voronezh is very old, its exact meaning is unknown. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia has toured with productions of traditional Russian classics throughout France, (performing Sleeping Beauty in 38 cities), Germany, Holland and Czechoslovakia, as well as in India and throughout Africa with engagements in Tunisia, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia.
State Ballet Theatre of Russia