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'Cinderella' comes to Athens
Performing Arts Center presents State Ballet Theatre of Russia
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The State Ballet Theatre of Russia will perform “Cinderella” Jan. 15 and 16 in the Fine Arts Theatre in Athens.

State Ballet Theatre’s 'Cinderella'

When: 8 p.m. Jan. 15-16

WherePerforming Arts Center, The Fine Arts Theatre, 255 Baldwin St., Athens

How much: $49-$59

More info: pac.uga.edu, 706-542-4400, 888-289-8497

ATHENS — The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the State Ballet Theatre of Russia in two performances of “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 and 16 in the Fine Arts Theatre.

In the grand Russian tradition, the full-length story ballet will feature lushly painted sets, lavish costumes and classic choreography accompanied by the unforgettable music of Sergei Prokofiev.

In addition to composing masterworks that include seven symphonies and the beloved Peter and the Wolf, Prokofiev created scores for two of the greatest ballets of the 20th century, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Cinderella.”

Using a scenario by Nikolai Volkov that was based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale, Prokofiev composed the music for Cinderella between 1940 and 1944, taking a break during that period to compose his opera, “War and Peace.” The ballet received its premiere on Nov. 21, 1945, at the Bolshoi Theatre and was noted for its melodious compositions and jubilant music.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s version of Cinderella was produced and choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, a Moscow native who enjoyed an illustrious career as a premier dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet.

He was the first dancer to be awarded the la médaille d’or du meilleur danseur du Monde (The Gold Medal of the World’s Best Dancer), a distinction later won by Mikhail Baryshnikov.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia is the touring name of the Voronezh State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, which was established in 1961. The State Ballet Theatre boasts a company of more than 50 dancers and is recognized as one of Russia’s most distinguished ballet companies with an extensive touring schedule throughout the world.

Lisa Fusillo, head of the UGA Department of Dance, will give a preconcert lecture 45 minutes prior to each “Cinderella” performance. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tickets for the State Ballet Theatre’s “Cinderella” are $49-$59 with special discounts for UGA students. Tickets can be purchased online at pac.uga.edu or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 706-542-4400 or toll free at 888-289-8497.

The Fine Arts Theatre is located at 255 Baldwin St. at Lumpkin Street, Athens.

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