The UGA Performing Arts Center will present the State Ballet Theatre of Russia in Cinderella Jan. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. 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 memorable music of Sergei Prokofiev.
In addition to composing masterworks that include seven symphonies and 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 in 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 choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, a Moscow native who enjoyed an illustrious career as a premier dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet.
Tickets for Cinderella are $62 to $72 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at pac.uga.edu or by calling 706-542-4400. UGA students can purchase tickets for $6 with a valid UGA ID, limit one ticket per student. A pre-concert lecture will be offered 45 minutes prior to each performance.