Moscow Festival Ballet to perform ‘Swan Lake’ March 20 at Eisenhower Auditorium

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Moscow Festival Ballet will perform “Swan Lake,” a dance that has captivated audiences around the world since its debut in 1877, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in University Park’s Eisenhower Auditorium.

Moscow Festival Ballet brings the most popular of all classical ballets to the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State in a production based on the seminal 1895 choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. A heralded score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky serves as a foundation for the dance.

Tickets for the ballet are $38 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $24 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays) and Bryce Jordan Center (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

“Swan Lake” is a love story about Prince Siegfried, his beloved Swan Queen Odette and the evil Baron Von Rothbart, a sorcerer who attempts through deception to keep the couple apart and Odette trapped in his spell.

Moscow Festival Ballet, created in 1989 by Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, utilizes the talents of leading dancers from throughout Russia. The company, with Radchenko as artistic director, has toured extensively in Europe and the Far East. This tour of “Swan Lake” marks the troupe’s sixth visit to the United States.

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Robert and Helen Harvey sponsor the presentation.

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Last Updated February 25, 2014