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Moscow Festival Ballet, 3/24 & 3/25

February 8, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS WELCOMES BACK AUDIENCE FAVORITE
MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET
FOR TWO PERFORMANCES!
DON QUIXOTE, SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2007, 8:00 p.m. &
GISELLE, SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2007, 2:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, February 8, 2007—The Moscow Festival Ballet, under the direction of former Bolshoi principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, has amassed a loyal following across the United States for their technically precise and respectful interpretations of grand ballet in the admired Russian tradition. For this season’s performances, Radchenko’s accomplished troupe performs Don Quixote, an intriguing treatment of the classic tale of misguided devotion, on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. On Sunday, March 24, 2007 at 2:00 p.m., the company once again dances the heart wrenching and mystical tale of Giselle. DanceView Times praised the troupe’s 2004 production of Giselle saying, “This Giselle’s simple astonishment, vain hope and madness stabbed the heart.” Artistic discussions, free to ticketholders, are held 45-minutes prior to both performances on the hall’s Grand Tier.
Sergei Radchenko founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989, fulfilling his desire to create an independent company based on the Russian classical traditions of the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballets.
Don Quixote is based Cervante’s epic Spanish novel of the same name about a would-be knight in love with the imaginary Dulcinea, with music by León Minkus a composer of more than 150 ballets. Radchenko explains the connection between Minkus and the dance: “After him, all composers learned schematically how to write music for ballet. The music of his ballets is very comfortable for dancing.” Interestingly, Radchenko continues, “Tchaikovsky was once a pupil of Minkus and it was Minkus who taught him how to make a plot for the music of ballet.”
Giselle, with music by the French ballet and opera composer Adolphe Adam (with additions by Friedrich Burgmüller and Léon Minkus) and choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, is a ballet from the Romantic period first presented by



the Ballet of the Académie Royale de Musique (today known as the Paris Opera Ballet) on June 28, 1841. It is one of the few ballets of that era which has survived, thanks in no small measure to companies like the Moscow Festival Ballet, not to mention adoring audiences who demand their performance!

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Tickets for the Moscow Festival Ballet are $50, $42, $25. Family Friendly! All children, twelve 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. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa