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ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS "CARMEN" and "SWAN LAKE"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
ST. PETERSBURG BALLET THEATRE
Friday, April 11, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., March 20, 2008 – Founded in 1966 as the first Theatre of Ballet in Russia, St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is led by international ballet laureate Yuri Petukhov, who continues to build the company’s extensive repertoire of classical and modern ballet. “Electric choreography, mythology-influenced storytelling,” said the Charlotte Observer about this renowned Russian company, which has a repertoire of more than 60 classical and modern ballets. The company presents two beloved ballets at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on consecutive evenings: "Carmen" on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m., and "Swan Lake" on Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Center’s Grand Tier.
Created by Petukhov and set to the unforgettable Georges Bizet score, "Carmen" is the passionate, sensual story of the seductive gypsy who tempts the handsome soldier Don José, much to the dismay of his betrothed. With choreography, costumes and scenery evoking the romance of Old Seville, this is sure to please ballet lovers of all ages.
"Swan Lake" is one of the great fantasies and was inspired by the ancient German legend of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. With its melodramatic plot twists, Petipa’s classic choreography and, of course, the unforgettable Tchaikovsky score, "Swan Lake" continues to earn the adoration of those who love great ballet in the grand Russian tradition.
Yuri Petukhov became the artistic director and choreographer of the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, succeeding prominent award-winning Russian choreographers and dancers Leonid Jacobson and Askold Makarov. Petukhov’s mastery of classical technique and ability to translate raw emotion on the stage have led to him assuming a number of leading male roles in celebrated ballets including "Giselle," "Swan Lake," "The Nutcracker," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Orpheus and Euridice." In addition, he has received numerous recognitions, including the People’s Artist of Russia, State Prize Laureate of Russia and Laureate to International Ballet Competition. Under his Petukhov’s direction, the company has extended its sphere of activity and creativity, and the mastery of the high traditions of Russian ballet has been passed on to a younger generation of dancers.
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