Thursday, January 17, 2008

Russian ballet company performs at Page Theatre

Ellen Jordan
Cardinal Staff

The Saint Mary’s University community is invited to experience the misfortune of “Carmen,” performed by the Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre in the Page Theatre on Jan. 24.

Taking place in Seville, Spain, lust, jealously, excitement and sadness are emotions that are experienced throughout the ballet. The main character, a soldier named Don Jose, leaves his regiment to be with the beautiful gypsy, the title role, Carmen. When Carmen learns that she and Don Jose are fated to die, she leaves him to be with the bullfighter Escamillo. Don Jose finds Carmen at the bullfight and pleads for her to run away with him. She tells him that the affair is over, and her heart now belongs to Escamillo. Out of sadness and fury, Don Jose murders Carmen.

The Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre is the oldest theatre in Russia, formed in 1966. Today it remains one of Russia’s most internationally toured dance companies. The dancers for the ballet are known to portray their own style while still showing excellent technique. Personal expression is also apparent throughout the ballet’s entirety, giving audience members the chance to experience diversity and lavishness.

Tickets for the ballet are $22 for adults, $16 for senior and $14 for students, and they may be purchased at the Page Theater Box Office.