The UCLS season takes a bow with the Moscow Festival Ballet presenting the ballet “Coppelia” at Aycock Auditorium Wednesday, April 14, at 8 p.m.
The performance is the fifth and final presentation of the 2009-10 University Concert & Lecture Series. Tickets for the event are $28-35 and can be purchased at the UNCG Box Office at 4-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu.
A three-act ballet, “Coppelia” was written by Les Delibes in 1870. The opera tells the story of a doctor who created a doll so lifelike he passed it off as his daughter. But the doctor wasn’t the only person to fall for the lifelike doll, leading to interesting consequences for other town citizens.
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded more than two decades ago when Sergei Radchenko, the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, pursued his vision for a dance company that would meld the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.
The ballet company performs original, commissioned works from Russia and beyond and specializes in 20th century, full-length ballets such as “Cinderella,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Legend of Love,” “Stone Flower” and “The Golden Age.” The ballet has toured throughout the world, including tours of Europe, multiple visits to the United States and a recently completed two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.
For more information on the University Concert & Lecture Series, visit ucls.uncg.edu.