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Cork City Ballet

In association with the Cork Opera House presents


For its Winter Season at the Cork Opera House, Cork City Ballet presents the full-length ballet Giselle – the poignant and tragic love story about a peasant girl who dies and comes back from the dead to save her lover.  The show opens Thursday 10th November and will run for four performances only.  

The title role of Giselle - the most celebrated ballet of the romantic era which has remained firmly at the centre of the classical repertory since its premiere in Paris in 1841 - will be danced by Russian prima ballerina Ekaterina Bortyakova, and she will be partnered by the Russian ballet star Akzhol Mussakhanov – both principal dancers with the Moscow State Ballet.  They will be joined by soloists and the full corps de ballet from Cork City Ballet. 

Directed by the company’s Artistic Director Alan Foley, this production of Giselle will be reproduced for Cork City Ballet by Yuri Demakov who trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow.  It promises to enthral audiences with the symphonic beauty of the original choreography of Jean Corelli and Jules Perrot, combined with stunning costumes made at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 Speaking at the recent launch of this production, Artistic Director Alan Foley said, "After the recent phenomenal success of Swan Lake we are delighted to be presenting Giselle again, with its beautiful score and exacting choreography encompassing innocence, pain and boundless compassion.”


For further information or images please contact:

Colette McNamee, Press Officer, Cork City Ballet Company, Tel: 087-2437095   Email:


Back to the barre...

Ballet classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced with Patricia Crosbie recommevery Wednesday at the Firkin Crane. Book your place today by phoning 087-2967180.

World-famous ballerina becomes Patron of CCB...

Prima ballerina Lucia Lacarra has become the sole patron of Cork City Ballet. We are honoured and delighted to have one of the world's greatest ballerinas' as our patron, as we look forward to a bright future at CCB. 

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Cork City Ballet needs your support. Please see the 'Support Us' section below to see ways in which you can help to preserve the sixty year legacy of ballet in Cork bestowed upon us by Joan Denise Moriarty and Professor Aloys Fleischmann.





Footballers in Tights!

A demo production in association with Cork City Ballet.

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Support Us

To ensure the Company keeps on dancing each year we need to generate financial support.  Cork City Ballet, a registered charity, receives only a small portion of its income from public funding so we are always keen to hear from individuals or corporate partners interested in helping us continue the success of our artistic, educational and community programmes.

Could you help us help our young artists develop their talent and help other young people to develop their potential?  You can make a donation by sending a cheque (made payable to Cork City Ballet) to Janet Dillon, Administrator, Cork City Ballet, Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon, Cork, Ireland.  All donations, no matter how small, help towards our target and help us maintain the high quality of our artistic and educational output.

We are very grateful to all our supporters, without whose support we could not continue to offer the opportunities we currently do.

Alan Foley - Artistic Director


Classes taught by CCB's Ballet Mistress Patricia Crosbie every Wednesday at Firkin Crane. New students welcome.

Elementary/Intermediate class 6pm - 7.30pm

Ballet for Adult beginners 7.30pm - 9.00 

€15 per class.

All enquiries 087-2967180





Cork City Ballet embraces a policy of engaging dancers from international companies as well as Ireland’s finest classical and contemporary dancers.

CCB promotes and encourages the ethos that ballet is for everyone.

This is achieved by its diversity of programming, which includes not just the well-loved classics, but also modern and contemporary choreography including works specially created for the company by the Artistic Director of the Company - Alan Foley, former ballerina with Irish National Ballet - Patricia Crosbie, and Bolshoi trained dancer and choreographer Yury Demakov.



Click on links below for further information on Cork City Ballet's activities:

Cork City Ballet 

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A selection of performance reviews... 

  • Click here to read review of the Company's Sleeping Beauty Suite and Divertissements (November 2008)

  • Click here to read review of the Company's Giselle (November 2007)

  • Click here to read review of the Company's Ballet Spectacular 2006


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