Russian dancers come to Sondheim
Kudrinka, an award-winning folk and modern dance ensemble from Moscow, Russia, brings its joyous and exciting celebration of diversity of the people and cultural traditions to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Kudrinka’s folk dances and colorful costumes come from many Eastern and Central Europe and also include Irish, Latin American and Spanish performances. Many of Kudrinka dances reflect American tap, jazz, pop and break dance traditions.
Kudrinka is regularly invited to perform at Moscow city holiday events at well-known venues such as Red Square and Victory Park, and the group has won prizes at a number of national and international festivals and competitions. Kudrinka dancers last traveled to the United States in 2007 and 2008 to participate in national dance competitions at which the group won top prizes including first place in their age group and “Best Entertainers.”
Kudrinka is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1974 at DK Mosmetrostroi, a cultural and social center for workers that built the Moscow metro system. Kudrinka dancers come from diverse backgrounds and professions: scientists and engineers, entrepreneurs, university students and housewives. One of Kudrinka’s leaders is head of furniture restoration at the Moscow State Historical Museum. Many have grown up with Kudrinka since childhood. What Kudrinka dancers share in common is a love of dance and the willingness to rehearse long hours to prepare for Kudrinka performances.
In addition to its performances, Kudrinka offers dance instruction and participation to children starting at age 6. Kudrinka has a total of about 70 dancers, with 26 in the principal performing group. Kudrinka leaders are Alexei and Irina Salnikov, and the choreographer is Marina Borden.
Kudrinka’s performance in Fairfield is presented by CIPR LLC, Seven Roses Inn and Center for Invincibility Programs for Russia.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and Maharishi University of Management faculty and available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Ticket Office, 472-2787 and online at www.FairfieldACC.com.