Sunday, January 27, 2008
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave.
One of Russia's premier folk dance ensembles in performance under the auspices of the University Musical Society. Tickets required.In 1936, Igor Moiseyev, ballet master and former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, was asked by the Soviet government to organize the first Festival of National Dance. As a student, Moiseyev had traversed the country on foot, immersing himself in the study of Russian folklore, and in the treasury of songs, dances, customs, traditions, and festivals belonging to the 180 national cultures that were then part of the Soviet Union. The festival's success convinced Moiseyev to develop a professional company that would preserve the best traditions of folk dancing, while developing new work based on current themes. The superb company now numbers more than 200 with an active repertory of more than 200 dances. Consistently acclaimed throughout the world as the greatest of all folk dance groups, Moiseyev Dance Company has captivated audiences throughout the world with its unrivaled technical brilliance and exuberant evocations of traditional dances. The company makes its first UMS appearance.See also: http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/moiseyev-dance-company