Catch ‘The Sleeping Beauty" in Beaver Creek
Vail CO, Colorado
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The Moiseev Russian Classical Ballet makes a highly anticipated return to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Saturday evening with a full production of Tchaikovsky’s timeless ballet, “The Sleeping Beauty.” Audience and critical response to last season’s production of “Swan Lake” prompted us to bring this company back as soon as possible.
The Moiseev Russian Classical Ballet and Orchestra was founded in 1999 with the help and support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The company was brought together and inspired by its leaders: General Director Vladimir Moiseev, a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater and grandson of legendary Russian ballet master Igor Moiseev, and Artistic Director Evgeny Amosov.
The repertoire of the company includes not only classical performances but also modern ballets. Its corps de ballet is the result of a disciplined focus on finding the most dedicated and talented dancers. A great effort has gone into providing the correct atmosphere and conditions under which to develop and perfect the artists’ mastery and creative search. The company’s main soloists range from 17 to 25 years of age. Many of them have already garnered international recognition and are winners of prestigious competitions.
The mission of the company can be summed up in the words of its directors: “We would like to teach our young artists the same self-sacrificing devotion to ballet that was an indispensable part of our generation’s up-bringing, to inculcate in them a striving for perfection, a taste for creative search and professionalism, without which it is impossible to be up to the mark in our beautiful art.”
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Evgeny Amosov has said “we take from the past the great traditions of the Russian ballet and shape the future relying on their basis.” Vladimir Moiseev has said that “this vision was evident in last season’s production of Swan Lake ” the staging and choreography were spot on, and the dancers were as brilliant as they were beautiful.”
And critical rave for the company is also easy to find.
“Joyful! A corps de ballet of beauty and style, led by stylish and gifted principals,” wrote the Moscow Daily. “Sheer magic! Every soloist received well deserved applause!” said Vesti (Italy).
“An evening of glorious theatre. The sets and costumes were dazzling in their color and style. From the moment the curtain rose to audible gasps of delight until the final ovation, the Russian Classical Ballet Theatre had their audience spellbound,” raved Culture (France).
“The Sleeping Beauty,” Tchaikovsky’s first successful ballet score, has been enchanting audiences of all ages since 1890. This tale of a princess, a spell, a 100-year sleep and a kiss is a tour de force of classical dancing, with brilliant solo choreography and ensemble pageantry. This is the final performance of our winter dance series; I hope you can join us for this classical treat.