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Moscow  Festival Ballet to Bring Cinderella to The MAC

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Moscow Festival Ballet will bring one of classical ballet’s most popular works, Cinderella to the McAninch Arts Center (425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage) this winter. Fifty leading dancers from across Russia, majestic costumes and stunning choreography will unite for this ballet retelling of the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale. The Kalamazoo Gazette says, “For this lover of classical ballet, no one can touch the Russian style, and Moscow Festival Ballet pulled out all the stops.”

The full-length ballet of Cinderella debuted at the Bolshoi in 1945 with choreography by Rostislav Zakharov (awarded the USSR State Prize twice and designated the People's Artist of the USSR) performed to the soaring score by Sergei Prokofiev. Moscow Festival Ballet director Sergei Radchenko will direct this work incorporating the original choreography. Set and costume design is by Elisaveta Dvorkina; lighting design is by Marina Borodina.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 by acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer Radchenko, with the intent to bring together classical elements of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies into a new company that instilled the structure of Russian classical ballet. Under his direction, the Moscow Festival Ballet continues to grow and expand their repertoire. They have completed two tours of Europe including receptions in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. They toured the U.S. in 1997, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2014, and now return to the states for the winter/spring season of 2016.  

Prior to the 7 p.m. performance, ballet and opera expert Richard Covello will shares his insights on the traditions and characteristics of the ballet form as well as a brief introduction to Cinderella in a free MAC chat. A past contributor to WNIB, regular contributor to the magazine Opera Canada and guest writer for the Chicago Tribune, Covello has traveled the world attending ballets in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Paris. His combined Italian and Russian heritage brings a unique perspective to his lectures.

Performances take place 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on  Sunday, January 10. The Richard Covello MAC chat will take place promptly at 6 p.m., prior to the 7 p.m. show.

For tickets or more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

The Moscow Festival Ballet performing Cinderella (photo by Alexander Daev).

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