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PHOTOS: Russian battle tanks perform a 'ballet'

Last updated on: July 5, 2012 09:12 IST

PHOTOS: Russian battle tanks perform a 'ballet'

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Russia has produced quite a long list of famous dancers, so it seemed quite fitting that the country organised a 'tank ballet' at a recently-held arms expo, choreographed by none other than the legendary Bolshoy Theatre.

According to New York Times, five battle tanks -- the T-80 and T-90A battle tanks --started their choreography set to techno music, then moved on to tango and an excerpt from Bizet's opera Carmen.

The dance was produced by Andrey Melanyin, a choreographer for the Bolshoy Theater, according to Russia Today.

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Image: T-80 and T-90A tanks maneuver to techno music


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Russia's weapons exporting company, Rosoboronexport, in the news recently over criticism of sales to Syria, sponsored the show, called 'Invincible and Legendary', said the NYT.

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Image: A Russian Т-90SМ tank


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According to NYT, the tanks performed twice at the Engineering Technologies 2012 exhibit for potential government buyers from developing countries and military attaches in Moscow.

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Later, Russian Technologies, the parent company of Rosoboronexport, plans to release a professional video that will be used to promote the weapons system, said the NYT.

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Image: A Т-90SМ with a flamethrower


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For the classical portion, the Russian arms company enlisted a ballet director from the Bolshoi Theater, Andrei Melanin.

He choreographed the machines, which range in weight from about 42 to 47 tonne based on their configuration, to excerpts from "Carmen," the opera by Georges Bizet, said the NYT.

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Image: A Т-90SМ charges through mud


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This is the second time Russian arms producers have organized a 'tank ballet'. During the last forum in 2010, the tanks performed to Ravel's Bolero, said the The Huffington Post.


Image: A Russian T-90


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