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January 03, 2002|STAFF REPORT

The acclaimed Russian folk dance troupe Belorussian National Dance Ensemble Khoroshky will soar its way across the stage straight into the hearts of the Imperial Valley.

On Jan. 18 at the Southwest Performing Arts Theatre, the 65-member Khoroshky will perform its two-act program with a complete folk orchestra.

For more than 25 years, the dance ensemble has toured the globe, receiving high praise wherever it has performed.

"With superb performances, dynamism, power and talent, this wonderful ensemble will display its magnificent choreography amid a wide pallet of costumes and rare folk instruments that brilliantly contribute to the Khoroshky dance rainbow," a press release states.

"Khoroshky also features original costumes, woven and embroidered by talented Belarussian masters that will bring you into the world of the ancient Slavonic culture."

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Started in 1974 under the artistic direction of renowned Belarus actress Valentina Gayevaya, the company now owns 1,300 national and historic costumes.

Together with modern musical instruments, the orchestra of the company uses ancient instruments that were considered museum items even a few centuries ago. Instruments include basetlya, lyre, pipe, gudok, diatonic, tsymbaly and those made from spikes of wheat and reed.

Khoroshky will take the stage at 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased either through the Southwest box office at 336-4228 or online at www.seatadvisor.com

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