Cinderella

by Ben Stevenson, music by Sergei Prokofiev
October 13, 2016 to October 23, 2016 Academy of Music

CINDERELLA // BY BEN STEVENSON // MUSIC BY SERGEI PROKOFIEV
Fall in love again with one of the most enduring princess fairytales of all time in this rags-to-riches story of a young girl whose strength of spirit helps her to overcome mistreatment by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and ultimately win the heart of a handsome prince. The lavish combination of music and dance will enchant dance and theater lovers of all ages.
 
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Cinderella Children's Ball is on Sunday, October 23 at noon. Contact Arajua Backman at 215.587.6921 or email abackman@paballet.org to purchase your tickets. 

Ben Stevenson

Ben Stevenson, a native of Portsmouth England, received his dance training at the Arts Educational School in London. Upon his graduation, Mr. Stevenson was awarded the prestigious Adeline Genee Gold Metal, te highest award given to a dancer by the Royal Academy of Dancing. At the age of eighteen, Mr. Stevenson performed with Alicia Markova in Where the Rainbow Ends, and soon after was invited to join the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet by Dame Nicette de Valois, where he worked with Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMilllan, and John Cranko. A few years later, Sir Anton Dolin invited him to dance with the London Festival Ballet, where, as principal dancer, he performed leading roles in all the classics. 
 
Mr. Stevenson also veered to London's West End where he performed the juvenile lead in The Music Man, and appeared in the original casts of Half a Sixpence and The Boys From Syracuse. For British television's "Sunday Night at the Palladium", he danced in musical numbers 52 weeks a year with such stars as Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, and Cleo Laine. In 1967, the London Festival Ballet asked him to stage his first, and highly successful, production of The Sleeping Beauty, which starred Margo Fonteyn. In 1968, Rebekah Harkness invited him to New York to direct newly-formed Harkness Youth Dancers. After choreographing Cinderella in 1970 for the National Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C., he joined the company in 1971 as co-director with Frederick Franklin. That same year, he staged a new production of The Sleeping Beauty in observance of the inaugural season of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 
 
In 1976, Mr. Stevenson was appointed Artistic Director of the Houston Ballet, and since that time, he has built the Houston Ballet into one of America's leading ballet companies. During his tenure, he has developed the company's repertory by acquiring the works of the world's most respected choreographers, commissioning new works, staging the classics and choreographing original works. At Mr. Stevenson's invitation, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Christopher Bruce joined the Houston Ballet's repertory. Mr. Stevenson has received numerous awards for his choreography, including three gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions of 1972, 1982, and 1986. In addition, he has staged his ballets for the English National Ballet, American Ballet Theater, the Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala in Milan, the Munich State Opera Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, London City Ballet, Ballet de Santiago, and for many companies in the United States. 
 
Source: http://www.abt.org/education/archive/choreographers/stevenson_b.html. With edits made. 

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