cinderellaSan Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA – On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Cal Poly Arts presents an innovative interpretation of Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” ballet, performed by the renowned French MALANDAIN BIARRITZ BALLET company.

While remaining faithful to the familiar tale of a young woman on the path to accomplishment through doubt, denial, pain and hope, this is not the fairytale ballet you might be expecting from Prokofiev’s original score. In the bodies of the 22 illustrious, classically-trained dancers, this breathtaking visual display is a little darker, richer, and more comically dramatic than dreamed possible. Through choreographer Thierry Malandain’s vision – made of ashes and magic, sometimes tragic, sometimes comical – something quite universal was created.

“What I above all wanted to express in the music for Cinderella is the poetic love of Cinderella and the Prince, the birth and flowering of that love, the obstacles thrown up in its path and, finally, the coming true of a dream.” – Serge Prokofiev

Today, Malandain Ballet Biarritz is one of Europe’s most widely seen companies, with 80,000 fans per season and almost 100 performances per year, including a strong run abroad.

“Choreographer Thierry Malandain has successfully developed a language striving for harmony between the modern and the classical, history and today’s world.”  – Kulturkompasset

cinderella2A free pre-show lecture led by Cal Poly Dance faculty emeritus Moon Ja Minn Suhr will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the PAC Pavilion.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $24 – $66 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus; by phone at 805/756-4849; online at

Sponsored by Ann Robinson, The Peter & Mary Russo Family Foundation, KSBY TV

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