The State Ballet Theatre of Russia performs “Cinderella” Sunday, Jan. 6, 3 p.m., at The Mahaffey in St. Petersburg.
ST. PETERSBURG - The State Ballet Theatre of Russia has traveled the world preforming such exquisite pieces as “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Swan Lake” and holiday favorite “Nutcracker.”
Now, the international masters of dance bring the story of “Cinderella,” one of the most popular fables of the 19th and 20th centuries to audiences at The Mahaffey on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, 3 p.m.
One of the more popular compositions of Sergei Prokofiev, “Cinderella” has inspired numerous renditions over the years. Known for its jubilant music and lush scenery, “Cinderella” has been incredibly popular since its inception in 1944.
Based on the French fairytale “Cendrillon,” Cinderella lives with her wicked stepsisters until a beggar, who reveals herself as a fairy, rewards Cinderella for her pure spirit with a makeover and a coach. At the ball, Cinderella dances with the prince until the spell wears off and her ballet slipper is left behind. The prince uses the slipper the find his love again.
The city of St. Petersburg, Fla. is an ideal host for The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, since it is named after the once capital city of Russia; St. Petersburg, Fla. was co-founded by Russian native Peter Demens.
The troupe, led by choreographer V. Vasiliev and art directors Igor Nepomnyashchiy and Lyudmila Sycheva, bring this Russian favorite to its sister-city halfway across the globe.
The New York Times hails “Cinderella” as ".... full of enchantment'" with "lovely scenery" and "graceful costume.“
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia, which has brought the art of Russian ballet to more than 15 countries over the past forty years, was established in 1961 in Voronezh, Russia. The repertoire of the theatre includes work by both classical and modern Russian composers.
Tickets are priced at $27.50 to $57.50; prices include tax and facility fees, but are subject to additional convenience fees and handling charges.
Tickets may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727-893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Box Office, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. The Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m. and at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 727-892-5716.