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Moscow Festival Ballet to perform 'Carmen' and 'Romeo and Juliet' for McCain Performance Series

Monday, April 18, 2016 


MANHATTAN — The Moscow Festival Ballet will perform two ballet classics, "Carmen" and "Romeo and Juliet," at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium. The presentation is part of the McCain Performance Series.

"Carmen," based on Bizet's most popular opera, is the tale of a fiery, independent young woman. After being imprisoned, she attempts to seduce Don José, a soldier, in order to ensure her escape; however, she soon finds herself caught in a love triangle between Don José and Escamillo, a popular bullfighter. In an exploration of fate, jealousy and unrequited love, "Carmen" exposes audiences to these emotional themes through the art of dance. This one-act ballet was created in 1967 by Cuban choreographer Alberto Alonso to music by Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin that was taken from Bizet's opera.

The Moscow Festival Ballet also will perform the ballet "Romeo and Juliet," based on Shakespeare's classic tragedy, with music composed by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. This presentation, choreographed by Elena Radchenko, brings a new artistic perspective to the familiar tale of the star-crossed lovers.

Tickets for the Moscow Ballet Festival start at $12.50, plus applicable taxes and fees, and are available now at the McCain Auditorium box office, online at k-state.edu/mccain or by calling 785-532-6428.

Written by

Malorie Wagner