Claims of strict security surrounding the Russian Bolshoi Ballet company on their visit to Ireland have been dismissed as nonsense during a photo-call for their upcoming Royal Dublin Society (RDS) shows.

The Bolshoi Ballet have returned to Ireland after years. Now with a 150 strong company, they will perform a series of four shows on a purpose built stage costing £400,000 at the RDS in Dublin.

Irish audiences can expect to see excerpts from popular ballets including ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Coppelia’, ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Swan Lake’. Excerpts from ‘The Golden Age’ will also be performed in the West for the first time.

The company includes American Grand Prix winners Nina Ananiashvili and Andris Liepa. At just 23 years old Nina fully accepts the discipline ballet demands. Speaking through an interpreter she explains,

When you love something you don’t resent the sacrifice,  we devote all our whole lives to ballet.

A spokesperson for the Bolshoi quelled the rumours about the dancers being placed under tight security.

They travel as individuals, we don’t coach them, we don’t bus them, they go shopping, they do what they want to do.

An RTÉ News report by Mary Fanning broadcast on 16 July 1986.