414 Deacon Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
This Mothers Day, The Moscow Festival Ballet will present both adaptations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the first act and Carmen in the second act.
This will be the 4th time either the Moscow Festival or Russian National Ballet visit the fairgrounds to perform on Mothers Day Weekend. The Moscow Festival Ballet is one of the top Ballet Companies in the world, come join us on the final leg of their North American Tour for an afternoon of brilliance and elegance. Tickets start at ONLY $25…click to purchase Click Here
THE MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET
Artistic Director: Sergei Radchenko
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.
Leading dancers from across the Russia have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.
Doors will Open at 2 pm, Show Begins at 3 pm
Parking will be in the Coliseum Lots for $6
Concessions will be available for Purchase.
PERFORMANCE REVIEWS and NOTES:
This was an afternoon that deserved “bravos” within minutes of the opening steps.
—Las Vegas Review-Journal
An impressive performance of a classical ballet, energized with dramatic expression and sensational steps.
—The Chronicle; Durham, North Carolina
The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body, performing a magnificent “Giselle”.
—The Post and Courier; Charleston, South Carolina
SEE ADDITIONAL PROGRAM NOTES BELOW:
ROMEO AND JULIET
AFTER WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGEDY
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowski
Choreography by Elena Radchenko based on sketches of Marius Petipa
Sets and costumes by Elena and Sergey Radchenko
Libretto by Elena and Sergei Radchenko
The Capulets are hosting a magnificent celebration. By their house a crowd of guests is
dancing in the square. The Montagues, who are the Capulets enemies and rivals, are
naturally not invited.
There are Mercutio and Benvolio with friends. They try to persuade their friend Romeo,
Lord Montague’s son, to put on a mask with them and sneak into the feast. Romeo
agrees. In the course of the merriment and dancing, Romeo meets Juliet, who unmasks
him. They instantly fall in love with each other.
Lady Capulet’s nephew, Tybalt, is a desperate rake and squabbler. On seeing the
strangers at the celebration, he starts a fight with Mercutio. However Mercutio makes fun
of Tybalt and cheers everybody up. Mercutio, Romeo’s best friend, gets villainously
killed by Tybalt in a brawl. Romeo confronts and accidently slays Tybalt, who dies
before the Capulets’ eyes.
They are in grief and ask for revenge. Romeo runs away. He hurries to a rendezvous with
his beloved Juliet. Risking his life, Romeo gets into Juliet’s bedroom.
The loving couple meet. They carry on a dialogue. They vow fidelity until death parts
them and become a husband and a wife. Suddenly a nurse appears and warns that Juliet’s
parents and Paris are coming. They have chosen him as a rich fiancée for their daughter.
The parents have a stern conversation with Juliet, who doesn’t want to marry Paris. The
father is outraged. He tells Juliet that she will marry Paris tomorrow. The three of them
leave the bedroom.
Juliet is stricken with the news. She asks Friar Laurence to give her a hypnotic drug so
that she looks dead and the wedding with Paris can be cancelled. Juliet takes the drug to
fall asleep, but Romeo does not know anything about it. Learning about Juliet’s death, he
runs into her bedroom to die next to her. Romeo sees Juliet and believes that she is dead..
He cannot imagine life without her so he has some poison prepared and he takes it.
Before his death Romeo has visions and then everything plunges into darkness. Having
woken up, Juliet sees her dead Romeo. He hasn’t left even a drop of poison for her. Juliet
then stabs herself with Romeo’s dagger hoping to see her beloved and unite in the next
“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo”
Full-length Ballet in One Act
Music by Rodion Shchedrin (b.1932) after Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Choreography by Alberto Alonso (1967)
First production 1967, Moscow
Based on a story by Prosper Merimee
The impetus and cause for the creation of Carmen was the cherished dream of the
celebrated Russian ballerina Maya Plisetskaya to depict the highly strung and riveting
character of Carmen in a ballet. Initially banned by the Soviet hierarchy as “disrespectful”
to the opera for precisely these qualities, the ballet has since become Shchedrin’s bestknown
work and has remained popular in the West as what reviewer James Sanderson of
allmusic.com calls “an iconoclastic but highly entertaining retelling of Bizet’s opera.”
Soldier Don Jose falls in love with Carmen, a cigarette vendor, but she later abandons
him for the toreador Escamillo. Don José suffers from an unhealthy passion for Carmen;
he can no longer endure this situation and he urges her to come back to him. Carmen,
who loves her freedom above all things and who does not accept being controlled by
anyone, denies him the opportunity. Fate, an ambiguous character who takes on the
shape of a bull, sketches the tragic conclusion of this exhilarating love story.
The program says, “Carmen is a beautiful woman who is free, true to herself, and
completely honest. Don José lies, and thus he loses her. The Bull represents Fate.
Therefore Carmen and the Bull die at the same time because she and her Fate are one.”
The final pas de deux, a danced contest between Carmen and Don José, is a simulated
bullfight in which the ballerina assumes the combined roles of heroine and Fate in the
form of a bull.
ONLY AT THE WINSTON-SALEM FAIRGROUNDS!