CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2013 – The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform the quintessential ballet, “Swan Lake,” at 7:30 p.m. April 26 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
“Beauty, grace, elegance – these are the things that make up great ballet,” said Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “And with the Russian National’s performance of ‘Swan Lake,’ we have it in spades. This will be a perfect evening, as the ballet tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse.”
The Russian National Ballet Theatre upholds the grand, national tradition of the major ballet works while developing new talents throughout Russia. It 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 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 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 Bayadère,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Raymonda,” “Paquita,” Coppélia” and “La Sylphide,” as well as productions of, among others, “The Nutcracker,” “Sylvia” and “La Fille Mal Gardée.”
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., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at www.RiverCampusEvents.com.