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MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET PERFORMS "THE SLEEPING BEAUTY" ON APRIL 13 AND "CINDERELLA" ON APRIL 14

April 5, 2012
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET

“THE SLEEPING BEAUTY”

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8 p.m.

"CINDERELLA"

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., March 2, 2012– This exquisite Russian ballet company transports audiences to a world of fairy tale princesses, malevolent villains, storybook kingdoms and heroic princes when it presents two of the most cherished fairy tale ballets of all time this spring. Under the direction of Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, performing “The Sleeping Beauty” on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8 p.m. and “Cinderella” on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 4 p.m. These performances are Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 can obtain tickets for half price 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.

Considered the crowning jewel of renowned choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, “The Sleeping Beauty” is the magical tale of a beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. Opulent costumes and sets, Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score – which he thought was perhaps the best piece of music he ever wrote – and the elegant movements of these extraordinary dancers result in an evening of breathtaking artistry.

“Cinderella” is the story of a virtuous young servant girl who is tormented by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters. With the help of her benevolent fairy godmother, Cinderella is magically transformed so she can attend the royal ball. There, she captures the heart of the prince, who must find her after the spell wears off, using only the slipper she left behind. With its sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, comical stepsisters and exuberant score by Prokofiev, “Cinderella” is one of the most enchanting and jubilant ballets of all time.

Born in 1944, Sergei Radchenko graduated from the Moscow School of Dance in 1964, and then joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where he worked for 25 years. He founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989, and under his direction, the company has staged new productions of such timeless classics as “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Paquita” and “Carmen.” The Moscow Festival Ballet also specializes in such 20th century full-length ballets as “Cinderella,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Legend of Love,” “Stone Flower” and “The Golden Age.” The company has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, and recently completed a two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as engagements in Turkey at the Istanbul Festival and Greece at the Athens Festival.

Please note: the Moscow Festival Ballet also performs “Giselle” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. For more information about this performance, please visit hyltoncenter.org.

 

Tickets for the MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET’S productions of “THE SLEEPING BEAUTY” and “CINDERELLA” are $27, $46, $54 per 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.

 

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