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Cinderella at Wielki Theater
November 30, 2010   
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Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares, the principal dancers of the Royal Ballet in London, will give guest performances in the leading roles of the Cinderella ballet Dec. 22 and 23 at the Wielki Theater in Warsaw.

The story of Cinderella, her mean stepsisters and the prince with music by Sergei Prokofyeff and choreography by great British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, the most famous version of the ballet, premiered at the Wielki Theater Nov. 27. The choreography for the Warsaw production was prepared by British ballet mistress Wendy Ellis Somes together with the National Ballet of Poland. Somes, who used to be a leading ballerina in the Royal Ballet in London, holds the rights to produce Ashton’s Cinderella around the world. The music in Warsaw is performed by the National Opera Orchestra conducted by Tadeusz Kozłowski.

The part of Cinderella at the Wielki Theater is played by Alexandra Liashenko, the Prince by Maksim Wojtiul, the Godmother by Anna Lorenc, the mean stepsisters by male dancers Sergei Basalayev and Jacek Tyski. Men often get to play women in traditional English pantomime. The sets were designed by Dutch set designer Toer van Schayk.

The world premiere of Cinderella, based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault, took place in November 1945 at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. The version by Ashton, who is considered the “father of contemporary English ballet,” was for the first time shown at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet (currently the Royal Ballet) in London Dec. 23, 1948.

M.R.

Performances—
Dec. 5, 17, 18, 21, 22 and 23
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