Russian National Ballet Theatre Presents Classics at Center for the Arts

Posted: March 5, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow in the late 1980s during the transitional period of Perestroika, when many great dancers and choreographers of the former Soviet Union began exercising their newfound freedom by starting new, vibrant companies, bringing a fresh, invigorating spirit to the timeless tradition of classical ballet.

This spectacular company will bring two classical Russian ballets to Mason’s Center for the Arts on two consecutive nights. The ballet will perform “Cinderella” on Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m., and “Sleeping Beauty” on Saturday, March 21, at 8 p.m.

In “Cinderella,” the sumptuous costumes, jubilant music by Prokofiev, lush scenery and hilarious double roles of the stepsisters make the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s presentation of this masterpiece an evening not to be missed.

“Sleeping Beauty” is enriched by the resplendent sets and costumes of this stunning production. Combined with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score – which he himself said was perhaps the best piece of music he had ever written – and the masterful movements of these Russian dancers, the result is an evening of awe-inspiring artistry.

In 1994, legendary Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by presidential decree to become artistic director of the Russian National Ballet Theatre. She has focused the company on upholding the national tradition of the major Russian ballets and developing new talents throughout Russia.

Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsors of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason season.

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

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