Armstrong Auditorium will kick off 2013 with two nights of performances from the Russian National Ballet Theatre. The world-renowned performers return to the Armstrong stage at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 28-29.
“With two sold-out shows over the past two seasons, it is clear Oklahomans love the Russian National Ballet Theatre,” said Shane Granger, Armstrong Auditorium house manager. “Not only are these magnificent performers coming back again this season, they are bringing two different shows over two nights.”
For the first night, the theater will bring to life the full-length, three-act ballet, “Cinderella.” With music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Rostislav Zakharov, the beloved fairy tale will include lavish sets and authentic costumes from the Bolshoi Theatre era.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s second night of performances includes two classic one-act ballets. The first act is Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” set to Tchaikovsky’s score and choreographed by “the father of classical ballet,” Marius Petipa. The second act is the first of Mikhail Fokine’s masterpieces, “Chopiniana.” Rather than characters developing, the ballet has a nontraditional plot set to the music of Chopin with the themes, moods and feelings of the performance changing.
“Only 75 feet separates the stage from the back wall, allowing even our largest audiences to have perfect sight lines for this world-class experience in the luxurious Armstrong Auditorium,” Granger said.
Armstrong Auditorium provides season and flexible ticket pricing systems. Tickets to see the Russian National Ballet Theatre start at $42 for balcony seating and $80 for orchestra seating.
For more information on season or subscription ticket options, group rates or shuttle availabilities, visit www.ArmstrongAuditorium.org or call 285-1010.
‘Cinderella’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ come to life Jan. 28-29
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