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Sleeping Beauty comes to REH stage
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Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty for one show only, Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
CLEARWATER - Russian National Ballet Theatre presents Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty for one show only, Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Relive the beloved fairy tale through this lavish production of one of the finest achievements of classical ballet.

Tickets are $65, $50 and $40 and available at the ticket office, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, by phone at 727-791-7400 or online at www.RuthEckerdHall.com.

About the Russian National Ballet

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and even Warsaw.

Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. In addition to their upcoming tour, beginning in January 2013 the company will embark upon a four-month coast-to-coast tour of the United States.

In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, and she has focused the Company 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 of Petipa: Don Quixote, La Bayadere, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Raymonda, Paquita, Coppelia and La Sylphide, as well as productions of, among others, The Nutcracker, Sylvia, and La Fille Mal Gardee.
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