Traditional Russian music and dancing at Lighthouse

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Russia is famous for a lot more than vodka, and one show coming to the Kettering Lighthouse Theatre this weekend will set out to prove that.

The Russian State Dance Ensemble of Astrakhan will be presenting the Russian Cossacks, a group of 40 world-class performers who will deliver an evening of traditional dance and song.

With their colourful costumes and lively routines, the show is designed to bring a flavour of Russia to audiences in the UK.

A spokeswoman for the show said: “With original choreography, this company of artists from the ballet, orchestral and choir genres have previously performed in Russia, Greece, Germany and other countries.

“Amande Concerts is pleased to bring the Russian State Dance Ensemble of Astrakhan to the UK for the very first time.

“The Cossacks’ fiery dances and songs are as true and honest as the souls of their country folk, exuding yearning, bravery, hope, love and passion. Prepare yourself for a journey through Russian folklore with dance and music to transport you to the fields of Russia.”

She continued: “Three hundred costumes have been crafted especially for the performance. Particular attention has been paid to the detail of The Cossacks’ wonderfully traditional and elaborate costumes, opulent dresses and robes, all intricately designed to detail with veils, hairstyles and accessories to match, complementing the performances’ portrayal of a fine art form.”

Tickets cost £18.50 or £16.50 for concessions. To book, or for more info, call 01536 414141. The show will start at 7.30pm on Sunday.