Fairy tale comes to life with Moscow Festival Ballet

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and General Mills Foundation.

This professional touring production promises a delightful blend of storytelling, humor and the splendor of ballet. With a touch of magic from her fairy godmother, Cinderella outshines her hilariously wicked stepsisters to win the heart of her charming prince.

Complete with beautiful scenery, costumes and performances by the Moscow Festival Ballet’s finest dancers, this romantic storybook ballet is appropriate for the whole family.

This production draws upon English pantomime with comedic touches, particularly in the character development of the stepfamily, which will delight audiences.

“Cinderella,” a ballet in three acts, features the music of Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev, who also wrote the music for the ballets Romeo and Juliet and Peter and the Wolf. Choreography is by Rostislav Zakharov, with sets and costumes by Elisaveta Dvorkina.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 by legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, to bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company based on Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across Russia have followed Radchenko’s vision in this exciting company, staging new productions of timeless classics.

The Moscow Festival Ballet has completed two extraordinarily received tours of Europe, and performed to capacity audiences at London’s famed Coliseum. In addition, the company has toured the U.S. extensively.

“Cinderella” – performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet will begin at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at Stephens Auditorium, Ames. Tickets will be $35, $29; Youth 18 & Under and ISU Students: $20. Tickets can be purchased at Iowa State Center Ticket Office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday at the North entrance of Stephens Auditorium at the corner of Lincoln Way and Beach Ave. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster Centers; online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone: 1-800-745-3000.

For information on this performance visit www.center.iastate.edu/events or www.cami.com/?webid=324.