The company will perform “Giselle” at 7:30 p.m.
The show is part of the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association's season.
“Giselle opens the second half of our season with one of the finest dance companies in the world,” said Carl Daehler, executive director of the arts center.
The Russian National Ballet was founded in 1989 by Sergei Radchenko, a principal dancer with Russia's Bolshoi Ballet. He wanted to uphold the tradition of Russian ballet and develop new talent.
“All the great ballerinas have danced the role of Giselle, which features the magnificent but very difficult ‘mad scene' at the end of Act I,” said Daehler.
“Giselle” is a tale of love, death, revenge and forgiveness. Giselle is a peasant girl in love with Prince Albrecht, who disguised himself as a villager to be near her.
When she finds out Albrecht loves another, she dies of a broken heart. That dooms her to join the Wilis, the vengeful spirits of jilted women who force men to dance to their deaths. The queen of the Wilis captures Albrecht who is spared from the dance of death by Giselle, whose love had endured beyond death.
The Russian National Ballet has completed two tours of Europe and Great Britain.
The company has also performed in Turkey and Greece, and recently completed a two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.
After “Giselle,” the 2005-06 season at the arts center continues with the big band tribute to Benny Goodman, “Sing! Sing! Sing!” on March 7.
The national tour of the Broadway musical “Will Rogers' Follies” comes to town on March 21 and 22.
Michael Flatley's “Lord of the Dance” will be at the arts center on March 28, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra's “Music from Hollywood” concert will be May 25.
Tickets for “Giselle” are available at the center's box office. They are $33 and $28 with discounts for students and families.