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ITHACA, NY – To bring the 2015-16 season to a close, there will be two performances of The Firebird ballet on April 23, a matinee at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the State Theatre.

The Firebird is a story based on an ancient Russian folk-tale. It begins with Prince Ivan, who is walking in the forest when he climbs over a wall and finds himself in an overgrown garden. Unbeknownst to Ivan, the garden belongs to an evil wizard, the Immortal Kastchei.

Ivan picks some golden apples growing on a tree in the garden and is preparing to leave when a beautiful, flaming  half bird and half woman Firebird flies into the garden.  Ivan chases and catches the Firebird, who explains that she was formerly a princess and is under the spell of Kastchei.

In exchange for her freedom, the Firebird gives Ivan one of her magical feathers which he can use to summons her if he is ever attacked by Kastchei or his henchmen. Stories of love, adventure, magic and redemption then unfold throughout the ballet

Guest artist and Ithaca Ballet alumnus Peter Doll returns to Ithaca to dance the role of Prince Ivan, who vanquishes the evil Sorcerer Kastchei with the help of the Firebird.  The title role will be danced by company soloist Keara Soloway and the Lead Princess will be danced by company principal Rachel Myers.

Lavinia Reid is the choregrapher of Ithaca Ballet’s Firebird and Cindy Reid is artistic director of Ithaca Ballet.

There will be two short bonus ballets in the second half of the program: Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, choreography by Helena Baron / Ralph DiRienzo and Boyceball, choreography by Larry Brantley and music by William Boyce.

Tickets available at Ithaca Ballet Principal sponsors are CFCU: Community Credit Union, Travis Hyde Properties, Cayuga Radio Group, Hotel Ithaca, WSKG, and Wegmans

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Michael Smith

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