By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Russian National Ballet will return for its fifth appearance at the Armstrong Auditorium stage, 14400 Bryant Road, in Edmond. Their performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” one of the classics of the ballet repertoire, will take place Tuesday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Considered to be one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, Swan Lake’s romance and beauty has amazed audiences since its premiere performance at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1877.
“Interpreted by some of the world’s finest dancers, this celebrated ballet will captivate audiences of all ages,” Armstrong Auditorium Concert Manager Ryan Malone said. “This company is widely known to be one of the world’s best, and we are honored to bring it back to Oklahoma to perform. This production is consistently praised by our audiences each time they take the Armstrong Auditorium stage.”
Set to Tchaikovsky’s score masterpiece and choreographed by legendary Marius Petipa, the “father of classical ballet,” the dancers of the Russian National Ballet will perform together with grace and technical precision the epic tale of a young man’s love for the swan queen.
Founded in Moscow in the late 1980’s during the transitional period of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Perestroika movement, the Ballet is dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet but invigorating as well as accepting new developments in dance from around the world.
The Russian National Ballet focuses on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works which continue to enlighten, inspire and entertain audience across the continent.
Today, the legendary company has more than 50 extraordinary dancers from the finest Russian ballet schools.
The Armstrong Auditorium’s 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series will include: the Julian Bliss Septet, “Tribute to Benny Goodman,” on Thursday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra’s “Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1,” on Sunday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Celtic Nights, “Oceans of Hope,” on Monday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.’ and the Canadian Brass on Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Armstrong Auditorium is home to the Armstrong International Cultural Foundation Performing Arts Series. Since 1998, the series has featured today’s brightest stars in classical, jazz and folk music, as well as theater, classical ballet, folk dance and more.
With only 75 feet from the stage to the back wall, the Armstrong Auditorium’s 823 theater seats provide incredible views of every show.
Tickets to the Russian National Ballet performance begin at $31. For more information about ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, visit ArmstrongAuditorium.org or call 405-285-1010.