Center for the Arts Presents Moscow Festival Ballet

Posted: April 12, 2010 at 5:43 am

In the great tradition of grand ballet, the Moscow Festival Ballet brings two of the most beloved works of all time to the stage the Center for the Arts Concert Hall.

On Friday, April 16, at 8 p.m., this esteemed dance ensemble performs the tragic tale of the heartbroken peasant girl in “Giselle.”

The company follows on Saturday, April 17, at 8 p.m. with “Coppélia,” the charming ballet about a young villager who falls in love with a life-size dancing doll.

“Giselle” is the tale of a young peasant girl who falls in love with a count disguised as a villager. When Giselle discovers the truth about her lover’s identity and his engagement to another woman, she dies of madness and joins the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of the men who have jilted them.

This masterpiece is filled with vengeance, betrayal and death, but love and forgiveness prevail overall. This stunning production by these leading dancers blends Russian legend Maurius Petipa’s brilliant choreography with a haunting score, resplendent costumes and beautiful sets.

“Coppélia” is the delightful story of Franz, a young villager who becomes infatuated with Coppélia, the creation of the diabolical Dr. Coppélius, much to the chagrin of his fiancée Swanhilde, who decides to show him his folly by dressing as the doll and pretending to come to life.

The exquisite costumes, flowing music and comical characters make the presentation of this masterpiece an occasion not to be missed.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when Sergei Radchenko, the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, sought to realize his vision of a company that would bring together the best elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies in a new independent company within the framework of Russian classical ballet.

Since its inception, the Moscow Festival Ballet has toured throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.

A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $54, $46 and $27; tickets for youth through grade 12 are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu.

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