Contributed by Hylton Performing Arts Center
Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 8 p.m.
MANASSAS, Va., Sept. 27, 2013 – Enchanting audiences worldwide for more than 30 years, the dazzling Shanghai Ballet will entrance young and old alike at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas with its spellbinding production of “La Sylphide” on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Hylton Presents Season Sponsor.
One of the world’s earliest romantic ballets, “La Sylphide” is a gripping tale of a young man who loses his heart on his wedding day to a beautiful and mysterious spirit. He leaves his betrothed at the altar to pursue this celestial being, only to encounter tragedy and heartbreak when he finally catches the elusive spirit.
Since its founding in 1979, the Shanghai Ballet has enchanted audiences across the globe with its interpretations of classical Chinese and Western ballets. The 20thcentury Chinese ballet “The White-Haired Girl” brought the company to international prominence and enabled it to introduce to audiences its new folk-styled productions of “The Butterfly Lovers” and “A Sigh of Love.” The company’s repertoire also includes such classics as “Swan Lake,” “Coppélia,” “The Nutcracker,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Serenade,” as well as such modern works as “The Imagination of Red,” “Fébrile” and “Conversation with Chopin.” The talented corps of dancers, filled with both celebrated veterans and rising stars, has won more than 30 medals at dance competitions in China and around the world, and has performed to audiences in more than 100 cities worldwide. The Shanghai Ballet is led by former principal dancer and current Artistic Director Xin Lili.
Please note: Shanghai Ballet also performs “The Butterfly Lovers” on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. and “La Sylphide” on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 at 4 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu for more information.
Novant Health is the 2013-2014 Season Sponsor of the Hylton Presents season at the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Tickets for the SHANGHAI BALLET are $56, $48 and $40. Family Friendly: recommended for younger audiences. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. FREE parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter at @Hylton_PAC.
About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.
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