Arts & Culture

'Swan Lake' Glides Onto a Singletary Stage

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 1, 2010) − This March "Swan Lake" will make a rare appearance on a University of Kentucky stage. In the past, the Singletary Center for the Arts (SCFA) has not been able to showcase world-famous ballets due to stage dynamics, but the Moscow Festival Ballet has designed one of the most famous ballets to fit the SCFA stage. Moscow Festival Ballet’s "Swan Lake," performed with the UK Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Nardolillo, graces the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in the SCFA Concert Hall. 

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when Sergei Radchenko, legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, sought to realize his vision of bringing together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across Russia have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics like "Giselle," "Don Quixote," "Paquita" and "Carmen." 

Born in 1944, Radchenko graduated from the Moscow School of Dance in 1964 and joined the Bolshoi Ballet. During his 25 years with Bolshoi, he danced the company's entire repertoire, but enjoyed a special reputation for Spanish dance, particularly the role of the bullfighter in Georges Bizet/Rodion Shchedrin's "Carmen" Suite.  

As founder and artistic director of the Moscow Festival Ballet, Radchenko has achieved a remarkable feat in the establishment and development of a young, but great Russian ballet company. He presents a large number of master-classes with leading teachers from the Bolshoi and Maryinsky theatres to ensure the continuation of the rich traditions of the Russian classical school.

With a production built specifically for the Singletary Center stage, the Moscow Festival Ballet will present the four-act ballet "Swan Lake," a story of true love and good vs. evil taken from Russian folklore and German legend and immortalized in the classic composition Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky created in 1876.

Tickets for "Swan Lake" are based on seating location and range from $35 to $25. A processing fee will be added upon completion of transaction. Tickets can be purchased through the Singletary Center Ticket Office by phone at (859) 257-4929, online at, or in person at the Ticket Office.