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Beloved ballet

In the past decade, the Moscow Festival Ballet's performance of "Swan Lake" has proven a popular draw on the Western New York dance scene. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, for the third time in six years, the company will stop at University at Buffalo's Center for the Arts (North Campus, Amherst) to deliver a performance of the beloved ballet "Swan Lake."

A relatively young outfit as classical Russian ballet companies go, the heavily touring organization was formed in 1989 by former Bolshoi Ballet dancer Sergei Radchenko. Since then, it has been steadily building its repertoire of classic ballets, from "Giselle" to "Romeo and Juliet."

"Swan Lake," set to a lush score by Tchaikovsky, tells a story filled with enchantment and sorcery, love and tragedy. It centers on the tortured love affair between Odette, a swan princess under an evil spell that can only be broken by a declaration of true love, and Prince Siegfried, who falls for her. Their happiness is thwarted by the pesky and persistent sorcerer Van Rothbart, who does everything in his power to keep the lovers apart.

Tickets to the show are $26.50 general or $13 for students. For more information, call 645-2787 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski