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March 15, 2012
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Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8 p.m.


MANASSAS, Va., March 1, 2012 – “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body, performing a magnificent ‘Giselle,’” says the Post and Courier of this marvelous company led by Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, who endeavored to bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in a new, independent company within the framework of the grand tradition of Russian classical ballet. This spring, the Moscow Festival Ballet presents “Giselle” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 8 p.m. This performance is Family Friendly: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

“Giselle” is the tale of a beautiful young peasant girl who falls madly in love with a nobleman, Albrecht, disguised as a common villager named Loys. When Giselle discovers her beloved’s true identity and learns that he is engaged to a noblewoman named Bathilde, she is driven mad and dies. She joins the Wilis, the ghosts of girls who avenge the evil deeds of the men who have jilted them. This tragic Russian masterpiece is packed with vengeance, betrayal and death, but love and forgiveness prevail in the end.  The ballet, which premiered at the Paris Opéra on June 28, 1841, features gorgeous choreography by Marius Petipa and a hauntingly beautiful score by Adophe Adam.

Born in 1944, Sergei Radchenko graduated from the Moscow School of Dance in 1964, and then joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where he worked for 25 years. He founded the Moscow Festival Ballet in 1989, and under his direction, the company has staged new productions of such timeless classics as “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Paquita” and “Carmen,” and specializes in 20th century full-length ballets such as “Cinderella,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Legend of Love,” “Stone Flower” and “The Golden Age.” The company has toured extensively in the United States and Europe, and recently completed a two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as engagements in Turkey at the Istanbul Festival and Greece at the Athens Festival.


PLEASE NOTE: The Moscow Festival Ballet will also appear at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax, performing “The Sleeping Beauty” on Friday, April 13 at 8 p.m. and “Cinderella” on Saturday, April 14 at 4 p.m. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu for more information about these performances. 


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize Novant Health

as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.


Tickets for MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET’S production of “GISELLE” are $34, $42, $50. Family Friendly: youth through grade 12 half price when accompanied by an adult. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.