St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre Presents Classical Russian Dance

Posted: April 13, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

With a repertoire comprised of classical and modern ballet performances, more than 60 dances and 20 one-act ballets, St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, under artistic director Yuri Petukhov, has a reputation for technically masterful presentations by its young corps. The Center for the Arts Concert Hall will be the setting for the company’s performances on Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m.

St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre shares the distinction of “State and Academic Ballet” with its older siblings, the Kirov and Bolshoi. Hailing from what is considered the birthplace of Russian classical ballet, St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre boasts graduates of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the producer of some of the greatest ballet artists of all time.

Saturday’s program, Russian Seasons, features the romantic Chopiniana featuring poetic nocturnes and lively mazurkas framing the mystical sylphs. Capriccio Italien was created in 2003 by the company’s artistic director in response to Tchaikovsky’s Italianate composition. The dramatic, passionate Scheherazade uses three of the four movements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite of the same name.

On Sunday, the company dances a Petukhov-choreographed version of the timeless, tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet.

Petukhov has danced all the leading roles of both the classical and modern choreographic repertoires. This “People’s Artist of Russia,” “State Prize Laureate of Russia,” and “International Ballet Laureate” has led the company since 2001.

Tickets are $50, $42, and $25, with tickets for children 12 and under half price. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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