ND Presents to feature “Romeo and Juliet” at Morris Center



ND Presents, in its second season as an arts presenter of the University of Notre Dame, will host the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre performing “Romeo and Juliet” at 8 p.m. Jan. 13 (Thursday) at South Bends Morris Performing Arts Center.

Admission to the performance ranges from $20 to $38, and tickets are available by calling the Morris Center box office at 574-235-9190 or toll free at 800-537-6415, or on the Web at www.MorrisCenter.org

One of the worlds most distinguished classical companies, the 38-year-old St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre has earned the title “State and Academic Ballet,” the highest official status conferred by the Russian government. With a company of 75, including 60 dancers, it has toured extensively in Europe and Asia, and is now making a rare appearance before an American audience.

Considered by many the world’s greatest love story, “Romeo and Juliet” is the tragic tale of star-crossed lovers who fall victim to an ancient family feud amid the dust and heat of a Verona summer.

The performance at the Morris Center will be choreographed by Serge Vikulov to the music of Sergei Prokofiev. Vikulov, a soloist with the Kirov Ballet, won a gold medal in the International Ballet Competition in 1964, and the following year he won the Nijinsky Prize.

Artistic director Yuri Petukhov has led the St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre since 2001. His choreographic innovations have earned him the title “Peoples Artist of Russia.”

The St. Petersburg State Ballet Theatre appears as this seasons second event of ND Presents, which will host The National Acrobats of Taiwan, R.O.C., on March 14 and Opera Verdi Europa on April 4.

* Contact: * Tom Barkes, DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, 574-631-5956, tbarkes@nd.edu __

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