Classic Russian Fairytale "Swan Lake" To Be Performed by Moscow Festival Ballet

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: March 10, 2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present "Swan Lake," performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet, at 8 p.m. on April 20 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

The timeless Russian fairytale will be brought to life by Russia's leading ballet company. The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, sought to realize his vision of a company that 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 classic ballet. Leading dancers have forged an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics under artistic director Radchenko.

Since its inception, the Moscow Festival Ballet has completed two tours of Europe, with extraordinary receptions in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. Two tours of the United Kingdom, including capacity audiences at London's famed Coliseum, have resulted in re-engagements during five seasons. The Moscow Festival Ballet completed an extensive tour of the United States in 1997 to critical and public acclaim, and returned in 2001 for a three-month, coast-to-coast tour with equal success.

The Moscow Festival Ballet continues to expand its repertoire. In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, the company specializes in 20th century full-length ballets such as "Cinderella," "Romeo and Juliet," "Legend of Love," "Stone Flower" and "The Golden Age."

Tickets are $25, $20 and $16. Exclusive discount coupons are available at all KeyBank locations. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a TicketFast location.