Center for the Arts Welcomes Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company

Posted: November 7, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company illustrates the rich cultural heritage of its native Siberia in a lively afternoon performance at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday at 4 p.m. A pre-performance artistic discussion is held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The company hails from the remote areas bordered by the foothills of the Sayan Mountains to the icy Kara Sea and majestic Yenisey River, and creator and choreographer Mikhail Godenko brings out the wealth of Siberian folklore and everyday life in the region with pieces such as “The Mother-in-Law had Seven Sons-in-Law” and “A Girl Went to Fetch Water.” A one-act ballet, “The Taking of Snow Town,” is inspired by the work of Krasnoyarskian-born painter V. I. Surikov.

Like a fairy tale revealed, vivid characters in colorful costumes flow from one folk dance to the next in a single choreographic symphony. While paying tribute to their remote homeland, Godenko also infuses village ritual with modern technique. The company’s orchestra utilizes folk instruments to interweave regional music within the dance pieces. The resulting performance showcases tradition through the eyes of a skillful choreographer and a host of disciplined artists.

Tickets are $42, $34, and $21. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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