Moscow Festival Ballet
Since its premier at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1877, Swan Lake has engaged generations of ballet dancers and captivated audiences around the world. Moscow Festival Ballet brings the most popular of all classical ballets to Eisenhower Auditorium in a production based on the seminal 1895 choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s heralded score serves as the foundation for the love story of Prince Siegfried, his beloved Swan Queen Odette, and the evil Baron Von Rothbart, a sorcerer who attempts through deception to keep the couple apart and Odette entrapped in his spell. Moscow Festival Ballet, created in 1989 by Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, utilizes the talents of leading dancers from throughout Russia. The company, with Radchenko as artistic director, has toured extensively in Europe and the Far East. This tour of Swan Lake marks the troupe’s sixth visit to the United States.
Robert and Helen Harvey