Russian National Ballet Theatre opens North American tour with Burlington Civic Music

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Russian National Ballet Theatre opens North American tour with Burlington Civic Music

Burlington, Iowa, Dec. 18, 2014 – Burlington Civic Music Association invites the public to ring in the New Year in classic style with the Russian National Ballet Theatre's performance of Tchaikovsky's “The Sleeping Beauty.” Direct from Moscow, this Columbia Artist Management production begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at Burlington's Memorial Auditorium. Sponsored by the Endowment Foundation of Burlington Civic Music, the association is proud to welcome this company in its first performance on its North American tour.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s. During this time, many dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their newfound creative freedom by starting new companies dedicated to invigorating the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet with developments in the dance from around the world.

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from Russian choreographic schools in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev and Warsaw. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre features more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since it began.

In 1994, Russian President Boris Yeltsin selected Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko to be the first permanent artistic director of the company. Radchenko is the founder of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, and she has focused the company on upholding the tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talent throughout Russia. Besides “The Sleeping Beauty,” the company’s repertory includes many other full works, including “Petipa: Don Quixote,” “La Bayadere,” “Swan Lake,” “Raymonda,” “Paquita,” “Coppelia,” “La Sylphide,” “The Nutcracker,” “Sylvia” and “La Fille Mal Gardee.”

Those interested in attending “The Sleeping Beauty” may buy tickets at the Box Office at The Port of Burlington between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Sunday. Tickets are also available online at

Reserved season tickets for 2014-2015 are still available. Visit, call 319-752-0336 or email, for more information.