STAR CASTING FOR BALLET SAN JOSE’S PERFORMANCES OF CINDERELLA
ABT’s Sascha Radetsky, star of film “Center Stage,” to dance two performances
Ballet San Jose has had its share of star dancers making guest appearances in recent years…the most notable, up to now, being Carlos Acosta of The Royal Ballet in London and his performance as Prince Siegfried in the 2011 production of Swan Lake. But no other guest has generated the excitement in the local dance community (and especially the Ballet San Jose School) as the announcement of Sascha Radetsky dancing the role of Prince Charming in Cinderella choreographed by the legendary Ben Stevenson, May 4-6 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Radetsky has had a stellar dance career, but his starring role as Charlie in the movie “Center Stage” turned him into an international heart-throb and sex symbol, and the stuff dreams are made of for every young ballerina who has ever seen the film. Indeed, since he began rehearsals at the Ballet San Jose studios in late March, students in the ballet school have been lining up for autographs and photos.
Born in Santa Cruz, California, Radetsky began ballet at the age of 5 shortly after his older sister started dance classes. When he was 15 years old, he received an invitation to join the prestigious Russian Bolshoi Academy and later studied in the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. Radetsky went on to study ballet in the San Francisco Bay Area with dance marvels Damara Bennett and Ayako Takahashi. He joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 1995, became a member of the corps de ballet in 1996 and ultimately a soloist in 2003. His repertoire includes Espada and the lead gypsy in Don Quixote, Cavalier and the Nutcracker-Prince in Kevin McKenzie’s The Nutcracker, Benno, and von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Prince Charming to Xiomara Reyes’ Cinderella, and he created the role of The Arabian Man in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker.
Radetsky joined Dutch National Ballet in 2008 as a principal dancer, where his repertoire included Albrecht in Giselle and Masetto in Don Giovanni. He returned to American Ballet Theatre as a Soloist in 2010 and is happily married to fellow ABT Soloist Stella Abrera.
Radetsky will dance the role of Prince Charming opposite Alexsandra Meijer’s Cinderella in the Stevenson setting of the fairy tale, performing May 4-6 at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets to the four-performance run are available on the website or by calling the Ballet Box Office at 408.288.2800. Tickets are $20 – $100.
Ballet San Jose
Ballet San Jose presents its final program of the 2011-2012 season with the Company Premiere of Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. All the classic elements are here: the ugly stepsisters (danced by company men with cross-dressing humor) an elaborate masquerade ball, and Cinderella’s arrival in horse-drawn chariot. Replete with romance, comedy and magic, Stevenson’s Cinderella is the most produced version of this family-favorite fairytale ballet.
Cinderella (Company Premiere)
Choreography: Ben Stevenson
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Staged by: Tim O’Keefe
World Premiere: National Ballet of Washington at the Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C. April, 24, 1970.
Single Tickets: $30 to $100
Saturday, May 5 at 1:30 is a Family Discount Matinee. Tickets $20 – $70
BOX OFFICE: (408) 288.2800 or online
Ballet Box Office is located at 40 North First Street in downtown San Jose.
PERFORMANCES: All performances are at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard (at the corner of Park Avenue) in downtown San Jose.