Click above to buy this Groupon for the Saturday, April 24, performance of the Moscow Festival Ballet at 2 p.m. Click on the links below for other performances.
It’s hard to cut a rug properly. You have to measure room dimensions, don safety goggles, and use a proper pair of carpet shears. Today’s side deal to Dance St. Louis lets you leave this labor of love to the professionals. For $25, you get one ticket (up to a $50 value) to a performance of the Moscow Festival Ballet at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus. Tickets are general admission, and seating in the orchestra and parterre sections will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. All tickets for all showtimes must be redeemed by phone or in person at the Dance St. Louis box office in Grand Center (open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). Tickets must be redeemed before Thursday, April 22.
From the The Little Hump-Backed Horse to Sleeping Beauty, stars of Moscow Festival Ballet will light up the stage with both popular and rare showpieces from two centuries of Russian ballet. Besides drawing from well-known classics such as Cinderella and Don Quixote, the company will pirouette and entrechat their way through highlights from ballets American audiences rarely get to see, like Le Corsaire and Paquita. Since Moscow Festival Ballet was created in 1989, the year the Berlin Wall came down, they have chosen to skip over such famous Soviet-era ballets as The Glorious Proletariat’s Dialectical Dance-Ode to Collective Farming and The Bolshoi-vik Revolution.
Moscow Festival Ballet is one of Russia’s most revered dance companies. Founded by Sergei Radchenko, a veteran principal dancer of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet, the troupe makes its first-ever appearance in St. Louis this April. Revel in historic foot artistry, bask in cultured bliss, and delight in a stunning display of talent and grace that no dance-based reality television show can match.
Check out what the Telegram & Gazette and reviewers on Ballet.co have to say about the Moscow Festival Ballet’s past performances: > * Nothing surpassed the swing of their port de bras, or the sure grace as they clicked their heels, heads tossing slightly like young colts. As such, the oldies and goodies were still much alive, the Russian genius for training dancers stood enduringly tall. – Renee Renouf, Ballet.co > * The principal dancers were pin-point and showed how the almost mathematical poses, spinning turns and leaps can look striking and visually exciting. – Richard Duckett, Telegram & Gazette