WMU News

Partners in Dance sponsoring trip to Kirov Ballet

Sept. 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Partners in Dance is sponsoring a trip to see the Kirov Ballet perform "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Detroit Opera House Saturday, Oct. 22. Registration and payment are required by Friday, Oct. 7.

The trip package includes outstanding orchestra seats on the main floor, round-trip motor coach transportation, a box lunch from Panera en-route, and a lecture during the trip to Detroit by Sharon Garber, WMU associate professor of dance. The cost for the package is $90 for Partners in Dance members and $100 for non-members.

The group will dine at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor on the return trip to Kalamazoo. The cost of the dinner is $25 and includes a non-alcoholic beverage and entree from a selected menu. The cost of dinner is in addition to the trip package cost.

"The Sleeping Beauty," one of the more famous classical ballets, is a timeless story about a princess, a prince, and an infamous kiss. Tchaikovsky's score will be played by the Kirov Orchestra. In true Kirov tradition, the ballet will be grand in every scheme, from the sets to the costumes to the dancers themselves.

Through hard work and high standards, the Kirov Ballet has established itself as the leader of Russian classical ballet. Also known in Russia as the Mariinsky Ballet, the Kirov is more than two centuries old. It has launched the careers of some of the greatest dancers of all time, including Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev, and the company today is filled with remarkable talent, including Prima Ballerina Diana Vishneva.

The Detroit presentation of "The Sleeping Beauty" will feature a company of 200 dancers, lead by the expertise of Artistic Director Valery Gergiev.

For more information, call the WMU Department of Dance at (269) 387-5830.

Media contact: Nina Nelson, (269) 387-5830, nina.nelson@wmich.edu

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