CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 8, 2016 – The Moscow Festival Ballet will perform “Cinderella,” the classic fairy tale of a country bumpkin who discovers true love and becomes a princess, April 22 as part of the 2015-2016 touring series at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall.
The Moscow Festival Ballet, under the leadership of founder and artistic director Sergei Radchenko, brings together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kiroz Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across Russia have forged under the direction of Radchenko, a legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, into an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as “Cinderella.” In addition to commissioning new works from within Russia and abroad, the company specializes in 20th Century full-length ballets such as “Cinderella.”
“Cinderella” is the story of a beautiful girl whose step-family mistreats her, who attends a ball, loses a slipper and wins the heart of a prince. A stunningly beautiful blend of storytelling, humor, splendid scenery and costumes, this romantic storybook ballet promises to be a perfect fit for the whole family and make audience members believe in “happily ever after.”
“It’s truly remarkable,” says Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. “We are bringing the world-class, classical, Moscow Festival Ballet to Middle America. Normally, you would have to travel to a major metropolitan area to see dancers of this quality, but we have a long-standing relationship with the Moscow Festival, making it possible to bring them here every few years. If you’re up for an evening of sheer beauty, style and grace – an evening which the whole family will enjoy – you don’t want to miss this superlative troupe.”
Moscow Festival Ballet returns to the River Campus after performing “Don Quixote” in 2012 and “Sleeping Beauty” in 2010. The troupe has performed extensively throughout the United States since 1997 and, since its inception, has completed two tours of Europe with extraordinary receptions in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The company also has performed with great success in Turkey at the Istanbul Festival and in Greece at the Athens Festival and recently completed a two-month tour of Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.