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Sergei Prokofiev, like Tchaikovsky, wrote absolutely marvelous music for the ballet. His ballet, Cinderella, is certainly one of his best. The choreography for the performances is done by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., and his excellence matches that of Prokofiev’s.
I will quote form the Houston Ballet website:
“Ben Stevenson served as artistic director of Houston Ballet from 1976-2003, raising the company from a regional troupe of twenty-eight dancers to an internationally acclaimed ensemble of over fifty artists.
“During his tenure, he developed Houston Ballet’s repertory by acquiring the works of the world’s most respected choreographers, commissioning new works, staging the classics and choreographing original works.
“For his contributions to international dance, Mr. Stevenson was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Honors List in December 1999. In April 2000, he was presented with the Dance Magazine Award.”
You do not want to miss this ballet. It always leaves the audience smiling.
What follows is the press release which I received from the Colorado Ballet:
The Colorado Ballet will present the classic fairy tale Cinderella, February 14-23, 2014, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House with choreography by Ben Stevenson, O.B.E., and music by Sergei Prokofiev, performed to live music by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra.
“We have had such a great season so far and we are continuing that excellence with the magically beautiful Cinderella,” said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. “Our most recent production of The Nutcracker broke revenue records and we attribute that to the outstanding performances by our dancers and musicians. Children and families that loved The Nutcracker will also love Cinderella.”
The ballet tells the story of Cinderella, a young, good-hearted woman who has been reduced to a life of servitude by her stepmother and two stepsisters. She dances with a broom, wishing it is a handsome prince at the ball. Her fairy godmother grants her wish by transforming her rags into a beautiful dress, a pumpkin into a carriage and her shoes into glass slippers. However, she only has until midnight before the spell is broken. The prince falls in love with her at the ball, but when the clock strikes twelve, she flees, leaving behind one of the glass slippers. The prince searches the kingdom for the fair maiden that the glass slipper belongs to, determined to make her his wife. When he realizes that the slipper belongs to Cinderella, the two are married and live happily ever after.
“Cinderella is a humorous ballet that proves dreams can come true, especially with the help of a fairy godmother,” said Boggs. “This is a great ballet for children ages five and up or adults looking for a romantic date night around Valentine’s Day.”
Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for Cinderella:
Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $155. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.
Made possible by presenting sponsor PwC
About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 53 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.
For more information, please contact:
Public Relations Manager
1278 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203
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