Act II from The Royal Ballet's Cinderella
Britain's famed ballet company performs Sir Frederick Ashton's fairytale ballet Cinderella and Peter Wright's romantic Giselle
July 5-10 in Segerstrom Hall
Alina Cojocaru as Cinderella in The Royal Ballet's Cinderella
COSTA MESA, CA - The Royal Ballet, one of the greatest and most celebrated dance companies in the world, comes to the Orange County Performing Arts Center July 5-10, performing two of its most acclaimed works: the U.S. premiere of the new production of Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (July 5-8 at 8 p.m.) and Peter Wright's Giselle (July 9 at 8 p.m. and July 10 at 2 and 8 p.m.). These performances in Segerstrom Hall will be The Royal Ballet's first stop on a two-city tour, traveling to New York's Metropolitan Opera House after its Costa Mesa engagement.
Tickets for The Royal Ballet are $25, $40, $60, $85, $100 and are on sale now at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org
, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. For information about special savings available to groups of 20 or more, contact Group Services at (714) 755-0236. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Artists,dates and programs are subject to change.
The Center applauds Audrey Steele Burnand, The Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances and the Los Angeles Times for their support of the International Dance Series.
Christine Salerno as The Spring Fairy in The Royal Ballet's Cinderella
The new production of Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella with set designs by Toer van Schayk and costume designs by Christine Haworth opened in December 2003 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Prokofiev's score for this full-length work is wonderfully evocative of the ballet's magical fantasy world, encompassing the comedy and pantomime of the Ugly Sisters. Made for The Royal Ballet in 1948, Cinderella was the first full-length ballet by a British choreographer and was a resounding affirmation of Ashton's choreographic abilities. The timeless fairytale follows the downtrodden Cinderella from her domestic imprisonment to freedom through the intervention of her Fairy Godmother. As with all fairytales, the road to happiness does not come without a set of rules to complicate matters Â….
July 5 July 7
Cinderella: Alina Cojocaru Cinderella: Tamara Rojo
The Prince: Johan Kobborg The Prince: Inaki Urlezaga
Ugly Stepsisters: Alastair Marriott Ugly Stepsisters: Alastair Marriott
Jonathan Howells Philip Mosley
July 6 July 8
Cinderella: Leanne Benjamin Cinderella: Jaimie Tapper
The Prince: Viacheslav Samodurov The Prince: David Makhateli
Ugly Stepsisers: Thiago Soares Ugly Stepsisters: Alastair Marriott
Tim Matiakis Philip Mosley
Alina Cojocaru as Giselle in The Royal Ballet's Giselle
Peter Wright's haunting production of Giselle, with designs by John F. Macfarlane and score from Adolphe Adam, was first performed by the company in 1985. Love that transcends even death provides the heart of this most famous and poignant of the Romantic ballets. First performed in Paris 1841, Giselle tells of a gentle peasant girl who is driven to kill herself when she discovers that her lover Loys - in reality Count Albrecht - has deceived her. Joining the ghostly ranks of betrayed women who rise from the dead to prey on the men who have destroyed them, Giselle cannot seek vengeance. Instead, she protects her remorseful lover when he visits her moonlit grave, defending him from the deathly touch of her phantom sisters until dawn breaks. The title role provides one of the most technical and emotional challenges for a ballerina in classical repertory.
Giselle: Miyako Yoshida
Count Albrecht: Federico Bonelli
July 10 (matinee) July 10 (evening)
Giselle: Roberta Marquez Giselle: Alina Cojocaru
Count Albrecht: Ivan Putrov Count Albrecht: Johan Kobborg
THE ROYAL BALLET
Tickets: $25, $40, $60, $85, $100
Monday-Thursday, July 5-8 at 8 p.m.
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
Set Designs: Toer van Schayk
Costume Designs: Christine Haworth
Production: Wendy Ellis Somes
Lighting: Mark Jonathan
Miyako Yoshida as Giselle in The Royal Ballet's Giselle
Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 10 at 2 & 8 p.m.
Music: Adolphe Adam
Choreography: Marius Petipa after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot
Production: Peter Wright
Designs: John F. Macfarlane
Orange County's Pacific Symphony
Tickets may be purchased at The Center Box Office, online at The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org
, by phone through Ticketmaster at (714) 740-7878 or (213) 365-3500 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Center's TTY number is (714) 556-2746. Artists and programs are subject to change. For more information about these or any other Center events, please call (714) 556-ARTS (2787) or visit The Center's Web site at www.ocpac.org
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Johann Kobborg as Albrecht and Alina Cojocaru as Giselle in The Royal Ballet's Giselle