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Dayton Ballet Cordially Invites Dayton to the Ball This October as It Presents the Classic Story Ballet Cinderella



CONTACT: ANGELA WHITEHEAD
Communications & Media Manager

Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone 937-224-3521 x1138
awhitehead@daytonperformingarts.org

DAYTON, OH (October 5, 2015) – On Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 pm; Friday, October 23 at 8 pm; Saturday, October 24 at 8 pm; and Sunday, October 25 at 3 pm in the Victoria Theatre, the Dayton Ballet is thrilled to present Cinderella, the first ballet of the 2015–2016 Ascend Season. The Thursday evening performance of Cinderella includes a Pizza Prelude from Uno’s Pizzeria to be served in the Victoria lobby beginning at 7 pm.  DPAA’s Innovation Partner for this 2015-2016 Ascend Season is the DP&L Foundation: Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts.

Say “Cinderella,” and what word comes to mind? Romance? Intrigue? Love? Humor?  How could it not? Just look at the list of characters in the cast: a harassed serving girl, a wicked stepmother, two evil stepsisters, a fairy godmother, four fairies, 12 prince’s courtiers, four mice, four attendants, a beautiful princess, and, of course, a handsome prince. 

This October, Dayton Ballet opens with the first of three full-length story ballets for its 2015-2016 Ascend Season. Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke’s spectacular Cinderella returns to the Victoria Theatre, featuring the wonderful music of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. 

Prokofiev began work on Cinderella in 1940 but did not complete the score until 1945, having had other obligations during World War II that kept him from this piece. Prokofiev said about the beloved protagonist, “I see Cinderella not only as a fairy-tale character, but also as a real person, feeling, experiencing, moving among us.” (101 Stories of the Great Ballets by George Balanchine and Francis Moon) And his beautiful music has inspired the most acclaimed of choreographers to bring the fairy-tale character to life on stage, perhaps as Prokofiev himself envisioned her.  Since 1945, Cinderella has become one of the most popular and most widely performed classical ballets with ballet companies worldwide. 

Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke originally choreographed this production in 2013, with all the intrigue, love and humor one would expect from one of the world's most iconic rags-to-riches love stories. Dayton Ballet brings this wildly popular story ballet back to the stage, complete with gorgeous, colorful costumes by Lowell Mathwich and the whimsical set designs of Ray Zupp. 
Add to this staging the melodic music of master Sergei Prokofiev, danced with the outstanding expertise of Dayton Ballet, and another word might just come to mind when we say “Cinderella”—magic.  

The Dayton Ballet Barre will host a Cinderella Tea at Boston Stoker, 34 W. Second Street, across the street from the Schuster Center, on Sunday, October 25 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, before the matinee performance.  A story, a dance lesson, and a snack will make for a delightful afternoon before attending the performance.  Cinderella and her handsome Prince Charming will make an appearance for magical photo opportunities.  Tickets for the Cinderella Tea are $10 for adults and children and are sold separately from the performance. Tickets can be purchased by calling Ticket Center Stage at (937) 228-3630.

Before each performance, Ms. Burke will hold a pre-performance talk called “The First Step,” giving audience members a more in-depth look at the upcoming performance and a behind-the-scenes peek at Dayton Ballet.  “The First Step” will be held 45 minutes prior to curtain time for each performance in the Burnell Roberts Room at 126 North Main Street, beside the Victoria Theatre.  “Behind the Ballet,” a Q&A with dancers that gives audiences the opportunity to learn more about the life of a dancer with Dayton Ballet, will follow each performance in the theatre.  “The First Step” and “Behind the Ballet” sessions are free of charge for all ticketholders.

Tickets for Cinderella are $21 to $72 and are available at Ticket Center Stage (937) 228-3630 or online at www.daytonperformingarts.org. Senior, teacher and student discounts available at box office. For more information or to order subscriptions, including flexible subscription types that include performances by Dayton Philharmonic, Dayton Opera and Dayton Ballet, visit www.daytonperformingarts.org.

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About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence.  Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio's cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents.  The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is proud to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year "Music Alive" grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.
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