MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET PRESENTS "GISELLE" AND "COPPÉLIA" AT GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET
Friday, April 16, 2010 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., March 16, 2010 – In the great tradition of grand ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet brings two of the most beloved works of all time to the stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall. On Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m., this esteemed dance ensemble performs the tragic tale of the heartbroken peasant girl, “Giselle.” The company follows with “Coppélia,” the charming ballet about a young villager who falls in love with a life-size dancing doll on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
“Giselle” is the tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count disguised as a villager. When Giselle discovers the truth about her lover’s identity and his engagement to another woman, she dies of madness and joins the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of the men who have jilted them. This masterpiece is filled with vengeance, betrayal and death, but love and forgiveness prevail overall. This stunning production by these leading Russian dancers blends Petipa’s brilliant choreography with a haunting score, resplendent costumes and beautiful sets. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body performing a magnificent ‘Giselle.’” (Post and Courier)
“Coppélia” is the delightful story of Franz, a young villager who becomes infatuated with Coppélia, the creation of the diabolical Dr. Coppélius, much to the chagrin of his fiancée Swanhilde, who decides to show him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life. The exquisite costumes, flowing music and comical characters make the presentation of this masterpiece an occasion not to be missed. “They deserved bravos within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when Sergei Radchenko, the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, sought to realize his vision of a company that would bring together the best elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies in a new independent company within the framework of Russian classical ballet. Comprised of leading dancers throughout Russia, the company has staged exciting new productions of timeless classics including “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Paquita,” “Coppélia” and “Carmen.” Since its inception, the Moscow Festival Ballet has toured throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.
Tickets for MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET are $54, $46, $27. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.
About Great Performances at Mason
Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
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