Thursday, April 7, 2011

 March 22, 2011

Contact: Jill Graziano (703-993-8794)



MANASSAS, Va., March 10, 2010 – “Real Russian energy and passion,” says San Diego.com about this remarkable company that was created to preserve the timeless tradition of classical Russian ballet, as well as invigorate it by embracing new dance developments from around the world. Making its Hylton Performing Arts Center debut, Russian National Ballet Theatre presents “Sleeping Beauty,”the magical tale of the beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her prince. The company’s talented Russian dancers perform Petipa’s brilliant choreography, considered by many to be the crowning jewel of his career, to a magnificent score by Tchaikovsky, and the production is further enhanced by dazzling sets and stunning costumes. The ballet will be presented in the Hylton Center’s Merchant Hall on Tuesday, April 19 at 8 p.m. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. 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 Grand Opening Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Minnieland Private Day School, Inc. is the Performance Sponsor of the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s performance of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

Founded in Moscow during the period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, the Russian National Ballet Theatre, which was originally named the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by graduates of the great choreographic schools in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm, and the principal dancers came from the upper ranks of the most exclusive ballet companies and academies in Russia, in addition to the Eastern European cities of Riga, Kiev and Warsaw. In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by presidential decree to assume the first permanent directorship of the company. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and broad experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. Under the direction of Radchenko, the company has developed a repertory featuring virtually all of Petipa’s full-length ballets: “Don Quixote,” “La Bayadère,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Raymonda,” “Paquita,” “Coppélia,” “La Sylphide,” as well as productions of “The Nutcracker, “Sylvia” and “La fille mal gardée.”

Please Note: The Russian National Ballet Theatre will also appear at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax, performing “Romeo and Juliet” on Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. and “Swan Lake” on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m.



The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health as the Grand Opening Season Sponsor

of the 2010-11 Hylton Presents season.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Minnieland Private Day School, Inc. as the Performance Sponsor

of the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s performance of “Sleeping Beauty”

at the Hylton Center. 


Tickets for RUSSIAN NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE are $30, $38, $46. 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

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, 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.