April 6, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
The Moscow Festival Ballet to perform at
Shawnee State University
“Swan Lake,” the most popular of all classical ballets,
based on the Russian legend of Odette, the Swan Maiden, and
Prince Siegfried, is coming to Portsmouth. It is set to one
of Peter Tchaikovsky’s most beloved scores and continues to
appeal to young and old alike.
The Moscow Festival Ballet will be performing Swan Lake at
7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at Shawnee State
University’s Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.
The Moscow Festival Ballet, under the direction of Sergei
Radchenko, has performed this fairy tale story around the
world. The ballet company was founded in 1989 when legendary
principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko,
sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring
together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi
and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company
within the framework of Russian classical ballet.
The swan represents womanhood in its purest form. The
stories and legends of swan-maidens date as far back as
ancient Greece. “Swan Lake” is Tchaikovsky's first ballet
and it is considered by many to be one of the greatest
classical ballets of all time, mesmerizing audiences for
more than 100 years.
“Swan Lake” is known for its demanding technical skills, all
because of one extremely gifted ballerina, Pierina Legnani.
She performed with such grace and discipline, the audience
and everyone else who saw her claimed she set the bar.
Every woman to dance the part of Odette/Odile after her was
compared to Legnani's performance. Legnani performed 32
fouettes (a fast whipping turn on one foot) in a row – a
move many ballerinas resent because of its extreme
difficulty. The prestige that comes with performing “Swan
Lake” flawlessly is invaluable.
For more information, call (740) 351-3600 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. To purchase tickets, order by phone, go
to any Ticketmaster or Kroger’s store or go to the McKinley
Box Office in the Selby Grande Lobby of the Vern Riffe
Center for the Arts. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m. The ticket price is $30 to $34 each with
discounts for students and seniors.