The revered ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, is performed by this acclaimed Company of fifty dancers. A full-length ballet in four acts (approximately two hours).
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies. In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by Presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the Company. She has focused the Company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia.