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RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS "ROMEO AND JULIET" AND "SWAN LAKE"

March 2, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE

“ROMEO AND JULIET”

Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 8 p.m.

“SWAN LAKE”

Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., March 2, 2011 –“A cut above many of its rivals.” (The Washington Post) In the great tradition of grand Russian ballet, the Russian National Ballet Theatre presents two beloved classic ballets that have enchanted audiences for centuries. On Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m., the ensemble brings “Romeo and Juliet.” The brilliant choreography and gorgeous score illuminate Shakespeare’s classic heartrending tale of young star-crossed lovers falling victim to family hatred. On Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m., the company presents a magical production of the fantasy ballet “Swan Lake,” a tale inspired by the German legend of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse. These two beautiful ballets feature exquisite choreography by Petipa and magnificent music by Tchaikovsky, and are among the most revered ballets in the classical canon. These performances are family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Founded in Moscow during the period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, the Russian National Ballet Theatre was created to preserve the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet, as well as invigorate it by embracing new developments in dance from around the world. The company, which was originally named the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by graduates of the great choreographic schools in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm, and the principal dancers came from the upper ranks of the most exclusive ballet companies and academies in Russia, in addition to the Eastern European cities of Riga, Kiev and Warsaw. In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by presidential decree to assume the first permanent directorship of the company. Today, the Russian National Ballet is its own institution, with more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and broad experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. Under the direction of Radchenko, the company has developed a repertory featuring virtually all of Petipa’s full-length ballets: “Don Quixote,” “La Bayadère,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Raymonda,” “Paquita,” “Coppélia,” “La Sylphide,” as well as production of “The Nutcracker, “Sylvia” and “La fille mal gardée.”

 

Tickets for RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE’S productions of “ROMEO AND JULIET” and “SWAN LAKE” are $27, $46, $54 for each performance. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. 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

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.