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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Russian Cossack State Dance Company at Massey Hall Sept 1 2010

The Russian Cossack State Dance Company

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 at 8PM /Massey Hall

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst members Friday, May 14 at 10 AM

to the Public on Monday, May 17 at 10 AM

$59.00 - $79.00 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at www.masseyhall.com

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. Thursday, May 13, 2010

Widely acknowledged as Russia's premiere Cossack dance troupe – The Russian Cossack State Dance Company is renowned for their extraordinary strength and athleticism, delighting audiences around the world with daring acrobatic tumbles, jumps, breathtaking spins, splits leaps and infamous Cossack kicks. The UK based Daily Telegraph describes their performances as “exhilarating”; while the London Times praises the “highly skilled performers delivering crushing jumps and rotations carried out with the speed of a tornado”. Now, for the first time, Toronto audiences can experience the magic, as the electrifying Russian Cossack State Dance Company makes their Massey Halldebut. The not-to-be-missed performance takes place at 8PM on Wednesday,

September 1st,, 2010. Tickets are on sale Monday, May 17th, 2010 at 10AM.

Symbols of independence, pride and bravery, the Cossack folk traditions offer a unique insight into the cultural heritage of the Ukraine and Southern Russia. They retell tales of battle, glory, love and betrayal through inspired dancing and thundering rhythms. The Cossacks of Russia were legendary horsemen and warriors, part the country’s oldest military force, who were employed by the monarchy to protect the country’s expansive borders. The Russian Cossack State

Dance Company’s music and dance presentations embody the historic Cossack strength and passion for life and freedom with 30 dancers immortalizing their military tradition and nomadic way of life; while the chorus and featured vocalists are joined by a 10-piece chamber orchestra ensemble to expertly deliver enchanting, authentic interpretations of traditional Cossack melodies.

Founder and Musical Director Lenoid Milovanov is a leading authority on Cossack history and folk culture. He founded the Company in 1990 as a means of preserving the rich Cossack heritage. With a curator’s eye, Mr. Milovanov’s uncompromising attention to detail is evident in the traditional Cossack and Kuban costume’s authenticity and vibrancy, the vivid choreography, boisterous performance, and even the use of an eclectic mix of classical Russian instruments such as the balalaika and accordion. The result is a spectacular two-hour programme that continues to earn the Company international acclaim.

The Russian Cossack State Dance Company have toured extensively in Germany, Greece, Albania, Denmark, Spain, Italy, USA, China, Korea, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, France, The Czech Republic, Sweden, Scotland, Yugoslavia and have recently completed a 28-city tour of the UK. They have been featured at the Edinburgh Festival and Military Tattoo, and spent a full season at the London “Peacock” Theatre (Saddler Wells), which resulted in a highly-rated presentation on BBC Television. For more information please visitwww.russiancossack.ca.

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