Russian National Ballet Theatre Performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at River Campus

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2011 – The Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast Missouri State University will present the Russian National Ballet Theatre in a full-length performance of “Romeo and Juliet” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus. 

The company upholds the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works, including its version of Shakespeare’s classic, and tragic, love story of “Romeo and Juliet.”  The beauty and grace of this outstanding company brings this classic story alive for all ages.

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 newfound creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet and invigorating this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. 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, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. 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 and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works of Marius 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.”

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, online at MetroTix.com keyword, “Russian” or by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949.