Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Swan Lake” at Fairfield University’s Quick Center on April 10


The Russian National Ballet Theatre will present “Swan Lake,” one of the most beloved ballets in the classical repertoire, at 8 p.m., Friday, April 10, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Swan LakeVery limited seating remains for this popular performance. Tickets are $50, $45 and $35. For tickets, visit www.quickcenter.com or call the Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). The performance is sponsored, in part, by Morris Media Group.

The Quick Center is offering a special opportunity for ballet fans with exclusive access to come on stage after the performance of Swan Lake to pose for a photo with dancers from the company in costume. A professional photographer will take the photo, which will be mailed to the fan. Tickets for this special opportunity are $100 per person and space is limited. Contact the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 for more information or to purchase a ticket. Tickets for the performance must be purchased separately.

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 not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. These new companies also sought to invigorate the 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 over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. In addition to their extensive tour history, beginning in January 2017 the company will embark upon a 4-month coast-to-coast tour of the United States.

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.

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 31, 2015

Vol. 47, No. 224

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