Center for the Arts Presents the Russian National Ballet

Posted: March 8, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Russian National Ballet is Sergei Radchenko’s 25-year-old company founded by graduates and principal dancers from some of Russia’s top ballet academies and companies.

In two performances at the Center for the Arts, audiences will be transported to a magical world of fairy tales, sorcerers and witches, performed in the unmistakable Russian tradition. The company will dance “The Sleeping Beauty” on Saturday, March 25, at 8 p.m. and “Swan Lake” on Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m.

“The Sleeping Beauty,” the crowning jewel of choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, is often considered one of classical ballet’s finest achievements. At once grandiose and refined, it is a seamless combination of traditional mime, expressive pas d’action and breathtaking divertissements in a lavish theatrical setting. With the traditional storybook kingdom in place, all the elements of Perrault’s original tale come to life – from Aurora’s christening to her charming 16th birthday party with its famous “Rose Adagio,” to the Prince’s surreal vision of the elusive Princess and the “Grand Pas de Deux” during the lavish wedding finale.

Swan Lake
The Russian Ballet will perform the popular classic, “Swan Lake.”
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In the timeless classic “Swan Lake,” the Russian National Ballet portrays not only the sensitive and thoughtful Prince as he embarks on adulthood, but also his vow to break the evil sorcerer’s spell over the exquisite Odette and the trickery that breaks the young man’s heart. Dramatically climaxing during a raging storm when the Prince frees the beautiful swan maidens from their captivity; “Swan Lake” continues to mesmerize audiences to this day.

Both performances feature artistic discussions 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $50, $42 and $25, and tickets for children 12 and under are half price. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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