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March 4, 2013
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Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8 p.m.


Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4 p.m.


Celebrated Russian ballet ensemble brings two gorgeous classical ballets to Fairfax


            FAIRFAX, Va., March 4, 2013 – The renowned Russian National Ballet Theatre brings two of the world’s most beloved ballets to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax this spring. On Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 8 p.m., this illustrious dance ensemble performs “Giselle,” the tragic tale of a peasant girl betrayed by the man she loves. Then, on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4 p.m., the company presents “Swan Lake,” the poignant ballet about a young prince who falls in love with a cursed princess. Both performances are Family Friendly: tickets for youth grades 12 and under are half price when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on Grand Tier III in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

            “Giselle” tells the tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count under the pretense that he is a common villager. When Giselle discovers her lover’s true identity and his engagement to another woman, she goes mad and takes her own life. Her spirit joins the Wilis, the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of the men who jilted them. When her lover searches for Giselle’s forest grave and encounters the Wilis, Giselle must choose between hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness, and life and death. This spectacular production blends Petipa’s brilliant choreography and Adolphe Adam’s haunting score with exquisite costumes, beautiful sets and breathtaking dancing.

            “Swan Lake” is the story of the young Prince Siegfried who follows a flight of swans to a lake deep in the forest. He watches as the swans transform into beautiful women and it is revealed that an evil sorcerer has cursed them. The prince falls in love with their queen, Odette, and vows to break the curse by swearing an oath of everlasting love. When it is time for the prince to reveal his intentions to marry Odette, the sorcerer tricks him into proclaiming his love for another woman. Featuring the stunning choreography of Petipa and the hypnotizing score of Tchaikovsky, this performance by the Russian National Ballet Theatre is sure to thrill both classical ballet enthusiasts and newcomers to the art form.

            The Russian National Ballet Theatre, originally named the Soviet National Ballet, was founded in Moscow during the period of Perestroika in the late 1980s. The original troupe was composed of graduates and principal dancers from the great choreographic schools and the most exclusive ballet companies in the former Soviet Union and its territories. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution with more than 50 of the most talented, experienced and skillful dancers in Russia and Eastern Europe, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. Elena Radchenko, herself a legendary Bolshoi principal dancer, has led the company since 1994, when she was selected by presidential decree to assume the first permanent directorship of the company. Under the direction of Radchenko, the company has developed a repertory featuring virtually all of Petipa’s full-length ballets, including “Don Quixote,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake” and “La Sylphide,” as well as productions of “The Nutcracker” and “Sylvia.” The troupe has dedicated itself to the preservation of the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet, as well as embracing new developments in the dance world.


PLEASE NOTE: The Russian National Ballet Theatre will also perform “Romeo and Juliet” and “Chopiniana” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Friday, April 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. For more information, please visit


Tickets for RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE’S performances of “GISELLE” and “SWAN LAKE” are $27, $46 and $54. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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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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