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Opera, ballet, circus arts to fill Anderson stage


The Cirque Eloize, the ?nouveau cirque? from Quebec that blends acrobatics, theater, dance and music, will be showcased at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in AC-Concert Theater.
Opera, ballet, classical music . . . and some cir- cus artistry will be part of the Anderson Center’s 2003-04 season. As in years past, the Anderson Center has again drawn acts from around the world for what it is calling a Colorful Kaleidoscope of Sight and Sound.

The season opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, with a performance by the internationally renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba, under the direction of ballerina Alicia Alonso, as it returns to the United States on a coast-to-coast tour.

The company, founded in 1948, will bring to Anderson’s stage a mixed repertory including the famous classical one-act ballet Les Sylphides, with music by Chopin; the expressive possibilities of the male dance in Canto Vital, with music by Mahler; and Lorca’s Blood Wedding.

The center will showcase the Opera Verdi Eupora, under the artistic directorship of Ivan Kyurkchiev, with Donizetti’s beloved masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 5.

The opera, in its American debut, is based on traditions of the art of opera in Bulgaria and is demonstrated by the company’s participation in productions at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany; the Arena auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany; the Stade de France in Paris; and the Grosse Festspielehalle in Salzburg.

Following the success of last season’s Russian State Opera from Siberia, the curtain rises on the Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia at 8 p.m. Monday, November 17.

The dances, following one another in a kaleidoscopic manner, are perceived as a single choreographic symphony. A Mexican newspaper wrote, “the impression made by the company can be summed up in a single word — ‘fairytale.’”

The Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will follow with a Tchaikovsky Gala, filling the Concert Theater at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 15.

With its company of 150, the instrumental and vocal ensemble musically paints a broad canvas of many favorite Tchaikovsky works. The orchestra’s chorus is among Russia’s prized musical possessions, and both the orchestra and chorus have toured extensively worldwide.

The center will present Cirque Éloize, the mesmerizing “nouveau cirque” from Québec that blends acrobatics, theater, dance and music at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in AC-Concert Theater. Cirque Éloize will captivate the audience with its theatrical circus production of Nomade, a nighttime carnival.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08