Moscow Festival Ballet to Perform ‘Don Quixote’ and ‘Giselle’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: March 7, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Moscow Festival Ballet, under the direction of former Bolshoi principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, has amassed a loyal following across the United States for its technically precise and respectful interpretations of grand ballet in the admired Russian tradition.

For this season’s performances at Mason’s Center for the Arts, Radchenko’s accomplished troupe will perform “Don Quixote,”an intriguing treatment of the classic tale of misguided devotion, on Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. On Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., the company will once again dance the heart-wrenching and mystical tale of “Giselle.”

Radchenko founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989, fulfilling his desire to create an independent company based on the Russian classical traditions of the Bolshoi and the Kirov Ballets.

“Don Quixote” is based Cervante’s epic Spanish novel of the same name about a would-be knight in love with the imaginary Dulcinea, with music by León Minkus, a composer of more than 150 ballets.

Radchenko explains the connection between Minkus and the dance: “After him, all composers learned schematically how to write music for ballet. The music of his ballets is very comfortable for dancing.”

“Giselle, ” with music by the French ballet and opera composer Adolphe Adam (with additions by Friedrich Burgmüller and Léon Minkus) and choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, is a ballet from the Romantic period first presented by the Ballet of the Académie Royale de Musique (today known as the Paris Opera Ballet) on June 28, 1841. It is one of the few ballets of that era that has survived, thanks to companies like the Moscow Festival Ballet.

Artistic discussions, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to both performances on the hall’s Grand Tier.

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

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