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Wayne State Black and Gold Series to Present the Russian National Ballet Theatre SOLD OUT

Published: 1-8-2013 9:15 am

Updated Jan. 18, 2013: This performance is Sold Out.

Wayne State will present a rare opportunity to witness classical ballet at its finest as the college’s 2012-13 Black and Gold performing arts series continues Sunday, Jan. 27, with a special performance of “Sleeping Beauty” by the Russian National Ballet Theatre.  The performance will take place at 2 p.m. in Ramsey Theatre on the WSC campus.

Described as “a cut above” and “the real thing” (Washington Post), “a masterwork to behold” (Toledo Free Press), and “thrilling” (San Diego Arts), the Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s. Beginning its productions at a time when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union were exercising new-found creative freedom, the Russian National Ballet Theatre sought and continues to present the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet while carefully including new developments in dance from around the world. The WSC performance of "Sleeping Beauty" will feature a company of nearly 60 dancers. 

The story of "Sleeping Beauty" takes place in a magical fairy kingdom, where a princess named Aurora is born to a wonderful King and Queen. On her 16th birthday, Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle given to her by a mysterious guest, and the whole court falls into a deep and eternal sleep. Inspired by a vision given to him by a fairy many years later, a prince named Desire becomes victorious in battle against the evil keeper of the sleeping court. After the battle, he kisses the sleeping princess, upon which everyone awakes and a joyous wedding ceremony takes place.
Titled the Soviet National Ballet upon its founding, the company incorporated graduates from the renowned 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 the following years, 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 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 for general admission are available at the WSC Business Office, and the cost for General Admission is $10. Tickets will be available at the door beginning at 1 p.m. on the afternoon of the performance but seating is limited and purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

For ticket information please call the WSC business office at (402) 375-7517. While many people know the story of “Sleeping Beauty,” nothing compares to seeing the ballet!

For more than 50 years the Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series has presented cultural programming to serve the northeast Nebraska region. 



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