Center for the Arts Presents St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Posted: March 25, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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.

This renowned Russian company has a repertoire of more than 60 classical and modern ballets. The company will present two of them at Mason’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, will begin 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, the production evokes the romance of Old Seville.

Inspired by the ancient German legend of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse, “Swan Lake” is one of the most popular ballets. With its melodramatic plot twists, Petipa’s classic choreography and the unforgettable Tchaikovsky score, it continues to earn the adoration of those who love great ballet in the grand Russian tradition.

Artistic director and choreographer 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 Petukhov’s direction, the company has extended its sphere of activity and creativity, and has ensured the mastery of the high traditions of Russian ballet have been passed on to a younger generation of dancers.

Tickets are $54, $46 and $27; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com.

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