MSC OPAS Presents Russian National Ballet Theatre’s Don Quixote

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don-quixote-5383-----alexander-daev-2014MSC OPAS welcomes the world-renowned Russian National Ballet Theatre – direct from Moscow – for a one-night-only performance of Don Quixote on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 7:30pm in in Rudder Auditorium. Tickets range from $13 to $45 and are on sale now at the MSC Box Office (979) 845-1234 or online through Special ticket prices are available for students.

OPAS Executive Director Anne Black says, “The ballet is back in Rudder and we couldn’t be more pleased with the response we’ve received since we announced this performance last spring. We are seeing a great deal of enthusiasm at the box office because tickets are selling fast.”

Black says, “To me, the ballet has a way of transforming a story like few other mediums. When the music soars, and you see the carefully crafted postures and movements of these dancers that only years of practice and perfection can attain, your breath will be taken away.”

Founded in Moscow in the late 1980s, The Russian National Ballet Theatre is dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet. With more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, the Company is steeped in the rich history of this beautiful technique. Lead by the artistic directorship of legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, the ensemble has focused on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works of Marius Petipa, the “father of classical ballet.” For their visit to Rudder, the superlative dancers will perform the quintessential Spanish tale of chivalry and romance, Don Quixote, or as you may know him, The Man of La Mancha.

don-quixote-4699-----alexander-daev-2014The ballet will take place in three acts with one intermission, with music by Leon Minkus, libretto and choreography by Marius Petipa, and additional choreography and staging by Iryna Kovalova.

The Washington Post says, “The Russian National Ballet Theatre, Directed by Elena Radchenko, is a cut above many of its rivals.”