Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Classical Ballet of Guangzhou to present 'Cinderella' in Long Beach Oct. 27

In celebration of  Long Beach Ballet’s 30th Anniversary, the Classical Ballet of Guangzhou from China will perform David Wilcox’s rendition of “Cinderella,” the ballet that he choreographed specifically for this Chinese Ballet company in 2005.  Long Beach Ballet will feature two performances of “Cinderella,” one on Saturday, October 27th at 8pm, and one on Sunday, October 28th at 2pm at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. The short ballet performance of the exquisite Chinese-themed "The Phoenix” will be performed on Saturday, October 27th at 2PM.

Promptly in time for Halloween, children are invited to come in costume and enjoy a festive treat as Cinderella‘s “pumpkin coach” will carry her to the ball pulled by eight dazzling stallions, danced of course by eight dazzling male dancers of the Guangzhou Ballet. All are invited to engage in this magical performance and enchanting Halloween themed event. This is a great performance for families and an alternative for typical Halloween goers as they are surrounded by fantasy, and charm.

The award winning, Classical Ballet of Guangzhou has a strong artistic affiliation with the Long Beach Ballet. Collaboration between Long Beach Ballet's artistic director David Wilcox and the Chinese ballet company began 13 years ago when he staged his "Nutcracker" production for them and it became one of their most performed ballets.  Wilcox was also responsible for organizing the company's first international tour in 1999.  They, in turn, play host to Long Beach Ballet's annual three-week long performance tour titled "U.S. Ballet Ambassadors to China," in which 40 U.S. ballet students perform from one end of China to the other.

“We are excited to host a magical rendition of one of the world’s best-known, best loved fairy tales- Cinderella,” said David Wilcox. “The number of dancers in the Guangzhou Ballet this year has grown to 63, compared to 50 on their first tour, and the quality of the dancing is unsurpassed internationally,” he added.

Tickets go on sale now at 10AM. Ticket prices range from $28 to $120 dollars. To charge by phone, please call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center Main Box Office located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard. The Box Office is open from 10AM to 6PM Monday through Friday and 12PM to 4PM on Saturday. Subscribers to the Long Beach Ballet are eligible to buy a combo ticket for both “Guangzhou Ballet of China” and the “Nutcracker.”

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