What has been heralded as a “kaleidoscopic” and “crystalline dancing” by the Dallas Morning News will make its debut in Stephenville next Thursday when the Moscow Repertory Ballet presents a performance tailored from classic compositions including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty.

For art lovers and ballet and theater enthusiasts, time is running out to get a seat at the performance, which is presented by the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council and Tarleton State University’s Department of Fine Arts & Student Programming Association. Those wanting to take in the spectacular sights and experience the fluid motion of the Moscow Ballet are being urged to get their tickets today as the show is expected to sell out at any moment.    

Viewers will delight in the talents of three ballet greats, Ballet Master Vladimir Troschenko, Prima Ballerina Cristina Terentieva and Premier Dancer Alexei Terentiev. (See bios inside.)

While the local performance will only feature excerpts from some of the most beloved ballets, it will allow spectators a glimpse into the famed productions. According to the ballet’s Web site, www.nutcracker.com, Swan Lake, which was first performed by the Moscow Imperial Theater in 1877, is revered as the epitome of classical ballets. It is a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and the triumph of good over evil. It is the haunting story of Odette, a young maiden bewitched by the evil sorcerer von Rothbart under whose spell young maidens are condemned to be swans by day and human only at night.  In order to break the spell, a young man must swear undying love to Odette, the Swan Queen. If he is unfaithful, she, and the swan maidens,will be trapped forever.

The Great Russian Nutcracker has become an annual treat for the whole family with whimsical and imaginative storytelling blends with the richness of classical Russian dance to make it a unique performance not to be missed, according to the Web site.

The company’s production of Sleeping Beauty is based on the original choreography of Marius Petipa. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky composed music for this ballet, which premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1890.

French author Charles Perrault wrote the original fairy tale at the close of the 17th century. He is credited with many of the most beloved stories, including Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots and Cinderella. Selections from these famed Perrault tales were referenced in the last act of the original 19th century ballet. Moscow Ballet continues the tradition by including some of these whimsically charming characters in its production.

General admission tickets to the event are $20 and available at the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council’s River North Gallery at 204 River North Blvd. and the Tarleton State University Box Office at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center.

The performance begin at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

For more information contact the CTFAC at 254-965-6190 or the TSU Box Office at 968-9634.