Conceptualized and choreographed by Artistic and Executive Director William Starrett in 1995 in Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia City Ballet presents the premiere of Aladdin for one day only on March 5th. Join Aladdin and Jasmine on their magic carpet and journey as we turn the East Beach Conference Center into ancient Persia.
Columbia City Ballet turns the musical score of composer Ludwig Minkus, into a classic fairytale based on Arabian Nights. “Aladdin is a huge epic ballet, technically demanding for the dancers, visually thrilling for the audience and perfect for the entire family. It is such fun to see Aladdin and Jasmine flying on their magic carpet as the Genie grants Aladdin’s famous three wishes,” says Starrett.
“Downright awesome,” The State has called it. This three-act performance is developed from four of Minkus’ most memorable ballets including Paquita, and La Bayadere; excerpts are incorporated into the score of Aladdin. Ballerina Regina Willoughby and Principal Dancer Christopher Miro will dance the roles of Princess Jasmine and Aladdin. Reinaldo Soto will be featured as the Genie. Other favorites from South Carolina Ballet include Claire McCaa, Autumn Hill, Bonnie Boiter-Jolley, Claire Richards and Annie Ruiz.