National Dance Company of Siberia Coming to Harris Center, 11/20

The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company is a visual masterpiece made possible not only by the technical abilities of the dancers, who perform each number with almost scientific precision, but also by the exquisitely-embroidered costumes based on traditional regional designs.

Created by Merited Worker in Art of the Tuva Republic Yelizavet Akselrod, and Merited Workers in Art of Russia Boris Knoblok, Vladimir Mamontova, and Paulina Korotova, these garments, which are museum pieces in and of themselves, evoke the Siberian landscape in their lines, colors and interplay with each other. The choreography, under the artistic direction of Vladimir Moiseev, is a wonderful blend of traditional folk dance and modern sophistication, with stunning highlights of acrobatics and gymnastic techniques. The result is a visual experience that leaves the audience with impressions of Siberian culture, values and aesthetics, lovingly crafted and delivered with an irresistible joy and cultural pride.

National Dance Company of Siberia performs on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $35-$49; Premium $59. Tickets are available online at or from the Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from noon to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

Founded in 1960, Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia is lovingly embraced by its homeland and has won over audiences worldwide during its many tours and festival appearances. Choreographer Mikhail Godenko brings popular Siberian folk dances to the stage, complete with 55 dancers and an array of gorgeous folk costumes. Like a fairytale revealed, vivid characters in lavishly colorful costumes flow from one folk dance to the next in a single choreographic symphony. Godenko crafts the dances like large choreographic canvases with many episodes and contrasting rhythms. While paying tribute to their remote homeland, this is no mere presentation of peasant dance as Godenko deftly infuses village ritual with modern technique. The company's orchestra utilizes folk instruments to interweave regional music within the dance pieces. The resulting performance showcases tradition through the eyes of a skillful choreographer and a host of disciplined artists.

Artistic Director Vladimir Moiseyev is a member of one of the most distinguished choreographic families in Russia. In 1981, Mr. Moiseyev graduated from the Moscow State Academy of choreography and joined the company of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. Since 1991, he has been a leading character solo dancer at the Bolshoi Theatre. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Moiseyev studied at the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts, from which he graduated as a producer-choreographer and in 1996, he was awarded the title of the "Honored Artist of Russia." In 2001, he co-founded the Russian National Ballet Theatre, where together with colleagues who share his views on choreography, Mr. Moiseyev stages his versions of famous classical and modern ballet interpretations.

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