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Russian National Ballet Presents the Magic of Cinderella

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The Russian National Ballet will present the classic rags-to- riches story of “Cinderella,” Jan. 30 at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St.

The three-act ballet, about a young girl abused by her stepmother and stepsisters and whose dreams come true thanks to her Fairy Godmother, is known for its color and grace, as well as its deft comedic touches and beautiful choreography.

The 6 p.m. performance is a presentation by the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency. Tickets are $38.50-$77.50, www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com, (909) 885-5152.

The Russian Ballet Theater version of “Cinderella” features sets and costumes by Elisaveta Dvorkina, music by Sergei Prokofiev, libretto by Nicolai Volkov, and choreography by Rostislav Zakharov.

Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” is considered one of his most popular compositions. It was written between 1940 and 1945, and first performed in November 1945 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

The Russian National Ballet, currently on a four-month tour of the United States, was founded in Moscow in the late 1980s.

The ballet company presents major Russian ballet works as well as great classics.

The dance company was first called the Soviet National Ballet, and it featured graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Perm. The principal dancers came from the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the ballet companies of Riga, Kiev and Warsaw.

Today, the Russian Ballet Theater features more than 50 dancers, many of whom have been with the company since its founding. In 1994 the legendary Elena Radchenko, a former principal dancer at the Bolshoi, was selected to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the troupe.

The dance company has performed to great acclaim for their performances throughout the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Italy, and the United States. It also has performed in Istanbul, Athens, Hong Kong and Singapore.

WHAT: Presented by the Russian Ballet Theater
WHEN: 6 p.m. Jan. 30
WHERE: California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino.
ADMISSION: $38.50-$77.50
TICKETS: Available through www.ticketmaster.com, www.livenation.com or theater box office
ON THE WEB: www.californiatheatre.net

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