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                    Presented in Association with Burklyn Arts Council
Russian National Ballet
Wednesday, March 27th
                     7:00 PM
                     Lyndon Institute - Lyndonville

                     $53, $47, $38, $29            Regular
                     $50, $44, $35, $26            Members
                                                $26            Students

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A full-length ballet performed in three acts!

Drawing on artistic traditions of the Kirov and Bolshoi troupes. With music by Tchaikovsky.

A full-length ballet performed in three acts, The Sleeping Beauty premiered in January 1890 at the Mainski Theater in St. Petersburg, with choreography Marius Petipa. The ballet became a crowning jewel of Petipa's career and is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. It is a grandiose and refined blending of the traditional mime, expressive pas d'action and spectacular divertissements in a lavish theatrical setting.

Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault's well-known fairy tale. A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet that was Petipa's pride. The Sleeping Beauty is a supreme demonstration of the challenge of Petipa's style - steel point work, sharply accented spinning turns, soaring leaps, high extensions, brilliant battery (beats in the air), daring lifts and, in addition, it gives a fairy tale plot lavish stage treatment.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.
The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and even Warsaw.

Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience.
 In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. Ms. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre and she has focused the Company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works of Maurius Petipa: Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, Coppelia and La Sylphide, as well as productions of, among others, The Nutcracker, Sylvia, and La Fille Mal Gardee.

“Lovely….the Russian National Ballet Theatre is a cut above many of its rivals. It’s the real thing."
-- Washington Post



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