Posted on November 28, 2018

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of Qatar Foundation, will come together with the Suzhou Ballet Theatre, China, to perform Sergei Prokofiev’s ‘Cinderella’, with three performances being held from November 29-30 at Qatar National Convention Centre.

As part of the collaboration, the Suzhou Ballet Theatre is offering children in Qatar the opportunity to participate in two workshops on December 1. The first of these – closed – will be held at the Laura Knight Academy of Dance, while the second, taking place at 3pm, will be open to all ticket-holders for Cinderella performances and will see young dancers from the International Centre for Music in Doha participate.

Cinderella was first made into a ballet in 1815, but the version typically staged today was written by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev in 1944, premiering at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1945. Choreographers around the world have created Cinderella based on his music; however, Suzhou Ballet Theatre was the first to stage an original production in China. Jingkai Sun will conduct the performances. Quickly gaining an international reputation as one of the most exciting and promising Chinese conductors of his generation, Sun was appointed Assistant Artistic Director of the Tianjin Opera House in 2014, and in 2018 he was appointed resident conductor of the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra.

The Suzhou Ballet Theatre was founded just over a decade ago. Under the leadership and guidance of its artistic directors Ying Li and Jiabin Pan, the company has quickly developed into one of the most energetic and vibrant troupes in China. In April 2017, the Suzhou Ballet Theatre was invited to join the Russia Sterkh Classical Ballet Festival, and in the same year, which marked the company’s 10th anniversary, the ballet Tang Yin became the recipient of the China National Arts Fund. In November, Suzhou Ballet Theatre’s Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet toured France, German, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

Tickets for Cinderella are available online at www.qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org, where you can also find more information about this and other concerts. 

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