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Bolshoi Ballet: Cinderella and Don Quixote

Moscow's great company performs two full-length works: the U.S. premiere of Yuri Possokhov's Cinderella (Feb. 21–23) and Don Quixote, Petipa's first ballet created for the Bolshoi (Feb. 24 & 25).

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"The mightiest and grandest of world-class companies." --The Washington Times

Russia's grand Bolshoi Ballet has enthralled and captivated ballet lovers with "unparalleled intensity and brilliance" (The Washington Post) since its inception in 1776.

Cinderella
February 21–23, 2007
Choreography by Yuri Possokhov
Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Led by Artistic Director Alexei Ratmansky, the Bolshoi returns for the first time since its two sold-out engagements in 2002 to present the U.S. premiere of Yuri Possokhov's Cinderella, with sets by Hans Dieter Schaal, on February 21–23, 2007. A whimsical re-telling of the classic story set to Prokofiev's vivid, witty, and lyrical score, the Moscow Times calls it "a gentle, dream-like retelling of the familiar fairy tale, with commendable choreography and an enlivening array of original twists and turns."

CINDERELLA PRINCIPAL CASTING
Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  Svetlana Zakharova – Sergei Filin
Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
  Ekaterina Shipulina – Andrey Merkuriev
Friday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  Ekaterina Krysanova – Sergei Filin


Don Quixote
February 24 & 25, 2007
Choreography by Aleksey Fadeechev after Marius Petipa and Aleksandr Gorsky
Music by Ludwig Minkus

The Bolshoi will also perform Don Quixote (February 24 & 25, 2007), Petipa's charming Mediterranean retelling of Cervantes's tale of romance, chivalry, and bittersweet emotion. The production displays what the Bolshoi Ballet does best: "grandiose technical feats, juicy folk dancing, and a stage full of characters so vividly realized you feel you could sit and chat with them" (The Washington Post).

DON QUIXOTE PRINCIPAL CASTING
Saturday, Feb. 24 mat at 1:30 p.m.
  Natalia Osipova – Ivan Vasiliev
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
  Maria Aleksandrova – Denis Matvienko
Sunday, Feb. 25 mat. at 1:30 p.m.
  Natalia Osipova – Ivan Vasiliev
Sunday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
  Svetlana Zakharova – Denis Matvienko

PROGRAM UPDATE (11/16/06): Cinderella was originally scheduled to be performed February 23–25 and Don Quixote was to be performed February 20–22.

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