Monday, May 26, 2014
Charleston City Ballet (CCB) is bringing back classical ballet to Piccolo Spoleto with Stravinsky’s “Firebird” on June 3 and 4 at Charleston Music Hall. Artistic director Michael Wise takes the helm as the newly formed company produces its first full-length lyrical ballet on the main stage. True to the classical Russian fairy tale, the Firebird and Prince will battle the Evil Warlock to free the Princess and break the curse which has turned her heart to stone.
CCB is pleased to announce that principal dancer Darli Iakovleva will dance the lead role as the Firebird, partnering with husband Anton Iakovleva as Prince Ivan. Caroline Douglas Herlong will dance the role of the Princess, paired with Tevfik Vatansever as Evil Warlock Koschei. Alongside the professional cast, the CCB junior companies will have the unique opportunity to be on stage with those who have reached the highest professional standards of the ballet world.
CCB’s mission is to bring year-round professional ballet to Charleston, establishing Charleston as the world’s leading venue for dance as it is for tourism. Integrating the leadership of the former Robert Ivey Ballet Company into a grand-scale business plan developed by Citadel Graduate School, CCB is poised to become Charleston’s Own Ballet Company.
With transparency and fiscal responsibility, CCB is the first professional company in Charleston to delineate a boundary with its sister school, so that the students’ needs are not compromised, and the company’s funding remains entirely separate.
“Firebird” tickets are available online at www.piccolospoleto.com and through the Piccolo Spoleto Box Office.