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MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET - MARCH 27 & 28

March 1, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES
THE MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET
CINDERELLA – SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 8:00 P.M.
GISELLE – SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2:00PM
FAMILY FRIENDLY! ALL CHILDREN, 12 AND UNDER HALF PRICE!



Fairfax, Virginia, February 27, 2004The Moscow Festival Ballet, founded in 1989 by legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko, returns again to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts for two performances of ballet classics. Fairy tale enchantment is on order as the company tells the always-popular story of Cinderella on Saturday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. The heartbreaking tale of star-crossed lovers Giselle and Count Albrecht is recounted in a matinee of Giselle on Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Both performances are family friendly, with all children under 12 half price, and both are preceded by artistic discussions 45-minutes prior to the curtain.

Of course, there had been other choreographed versions of Perrault's "Cinderella" prior to Zakharov’s in 1945, but it is this version, created for the Bolshoi Ballet, with its unmatched Prokofiev score that has set the standard for the ballet treatment of this tale. Composed during World War II in a turbulent period of creative ferment in which Prokofiev completed his opera "War and Peace" and the Fifth Symphony, the music became a favorite of subsequent choreographers, most notably Frederick Ashton. Thankfully the Russians never abandoned the tale, and Prokofiev's score – composed before Stalin's edicts banning "formalist music" in 1948.

First performed in 1841, Giselle has been continuously performed in Russia since 1843. The Moscow Festival Ballet's interpretation maintains the Russian tradition of scrupulous production and loving concern for this gem of the Romantic ballet.

Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across the Russias have, under Radchenko’s direction, forged an exciting, youthful company, becoming known for staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.

Tickets for the MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET performances, March 27 & March 28 are $50, $42, $25. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children 12 and under half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.