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RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET, 3/25 & 3/26

March 23, 2006
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET IN
TWO DAYS OF GRAND BALLET –
SLEEPING BEAUTY
MARCH 25, 8:00 p.m. &
SWAN LAKE, MARCH 26, 2:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, March 1, 2006—The Russian National Ballet is Sergei Radchenko’s 25-year-old company founded by graduates and principal dancers from some of Russia’s top ballet academies and companies. In two performances at the Center for the Arts, audiences are transported to a magical world of fairy tales, sorcerers, and witches, performed in the unmistakable Russian tradition. The company dances The Sleeping Beauty on March 25 at 8:00 p.m. and Swan Lake on March 26 at 2:00 p.m. Both performances feature artistic discussions 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The Sleeping Beauty, the crowning jewel of choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, is often considered one of classical ballet’s finest achievements. At once grandiose and refined, it is a seamless combination of traditional mime, expressive pas d’action and breathtaking divertissements in a lavish theatrical setting. With the traditional storybook kingdom in place, all the elements of Perrault’s original tale come to life – from Aurora’s christening, to her charming 16th birthday party with its famous Rose Adagio, to the Prince’s surreal vision of the elusive Princess, and the Grand Pas de Deux during the lavish wedding finale.

In the timeless classic Swan Lake, the Russian National portrays not only the sensitive and thoughtful Prince as he embarks on adulthood, but also his vow to break the evil sorcerer’s spell over the exquisite Odette, and the trickery that breaks the young man’s heart. Dramatically climaxing during a raging storm when the
Prince frees the beautiful swan maidens from their captivity; Swan Lake continues to mesmerize audiences to this day. As the Madison (WI) Capital Times said after a recent performance of Swan Lake, “for members of the Russian National Ballet, Swan Lake isn’t just a ballet – it’s their history.”

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Tickets for the RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET, March 25 Sleeping Beauty, and March 26, Swan Lake,
are $50, $42 and $25. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children, 12 and under, half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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.
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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the 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.