Absolute Dance to perform ‘Cinderella’
For the past five months, with a few breaks here and there, local choreographer Anthony Noa has been focused on making his vision of “Cinderella” an entertaining and, perhaps, surprising one for audiences in Grand Junction and Montrose.
Noa, the ballet master at Absolute Dance, is the choreographer and director of this local presentation of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s “Cinderella.” There will be four performances “Cinderella” this month in Montrose and Grand Junction.
The Absolute Dance performances will feature mostly teenagers and adults in the fully-staged ballet that will run nearly 90 minutes. Such traditional ballets are not often staged in Grand Junction or Montrose, according to Noa.
“There is definitely a lot of talent,” Noa said. “It’s the real deal.”
Although the story of Cinderella is often associated with Disney and small children, Noa’s vision for the ballet is different.
“It’s not a children’s production,” Noa said.
Small children will appear in the show, but they won’t be the stars. And this ballet more closely follows the story of “Cinderella” originally written by Charles Perrault in 1697.
“The dancers have to have a lot of experience on point and as (actors),” Noa said. “My biggest concern is to definitely give the dancers a challenge but to make sure there is entertainment nonstop.”
Noa and the dancers have worked on the show since September, and Noa is “definitely” happy with all the effort everyone has put in.
“I bet people will be very surprised,” he said.
Show times at the Montrose Pavilion will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 18–19, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19–20.
The Grand Junction performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25–26, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26–27, at Robinson Theatre in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University.
Tickets for performances at both locations range in price from $15–$20 for adults and $12–$17 for children. Tickets are available at absolutedancegj.com or at the dance studio, 417 Monument Road.
For information, call Absolute Dance at 255-8322.