Russian National Ballet's Swan Lake a near sellout at the Quick Center for the Arts



Image: Swan LakeFairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts presents the Russian National Ballet Theatre's production of the immortal "Swan Lake" on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at the Quick Center's Kelley Theater. The ballet is nearly sold out and a waiting list is being held at the Box Office. Tickets are $45, $40 and $35. The public is instructed to call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 to request a space on the waiting list. There will be an "Art to Heart" question and answer time following the performance. "Swan Lake" is an Arts & Minds presentation.

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.

Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

Legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree in 1994 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. The performance of "Swan Lake" is part of a four-month coast-to-coast tour of the United States that began in January 2011.

Tickets are available at fairfield.edu/quick or by calling the Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Special offers and discounts are available through the Quick Center's e-mail list. Join, by contacting boxoffice@quickcenter.com. Become a fan of the Quick Center for the Arts on Facebook and keep up-to-date with the latest performance news, plus special offers and discounts. Find the Quick Center at www.facebook.com/FairfieldQuickCenter.

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Directions: Fairfield University is located off I-95, exit 22 at 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Access to the Quick Center for the Arts is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Special note: From Oct. 4, 2010 through June 30, 2012, the southern end of North Benson Road (Rt. 135) will be closed to traffic on nights and weekends. Round Hill Road intersects with Barlow and provides access to the Quick Center for the Arts.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 25, 2011

Vol. 43, No. 213