German Choreography Comes to Vancouver
On Friday, May 15, 2015 8:00, presented by Ballet Productions Canada, Coastal City Ballet performs the highlight of the 2014-2015 season: the world premiere of Cinderella.
One of the most enduring and beloved tales in the world, Irene Schneider’s Cinderella will showcase the diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet.
With hauntingly beautiful music by Sergei Prokofiev, this classical full-length ballet is brought to life by the technical finesse of the Coastal City Ballet dancers.
Cinderella is the endearing story of a young girl who finds love and happiness through her acts of kindness. A “rags to riches” tale which will delight audiences with the beauty of classical ballet wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after”.
Dress rehearsal performance available at 2:00pm for groups of 10 or more!
Irene Schneider Background & History
Irene Schneider was born in Metz, France. Metz is a city in the northeast of France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Because of its historical, cultural, and architectural background, Metz has been submitted on the France’s UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. A country must first take an inventory of its significant cultural and natural properties. This is called the Tentative List. A country may not nominate properties that have not been included on the Tentative List. Next, it can select a property from this list to place into a Nomination File.
Ms. Schneider studied ballet and dance at Roleff-King Ballet academy in Munich. This was one of the first private ballet schools opened after World War II in Germany in May 1956. She then moved to the University of Music & Performing Arts in Mannheim and finally, she finished her studies with Nora Kiss and Victor Gsovsky in Paris in 1962. For the next 11 years, she performed with the National Theatre in Mannheim, the Stuttgart Ballet under John Cranko and the Frankfurt Ballet under John Nemeier.
In 1973, she was asked to join the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart as instructor, where she worked for 4 years. The John Cranko Schule consists of the Ballet School of the State Theatre Stuttgart and the State Ballet Academy. The school is financed by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Stuttgart.
In 1977, Irene Schneider was the director of ballet and choreographer at the Heidelberg Theatre, Theatre Ulm, as well as the Krefeld-Moenchengladbach Theatre. Directly after this, Ms. Schneider worked as the ballet director and choreographer of the Theatre Magdeburg. In 1993 she became the Director of the Magdeburg Theatre Ballet School. Ms. Schneider also works as a freelance choreographer at theatres in Lucerne, Switzerland, Rostock, Kiel, Giessen, Fukuj & Kanazawa, Japan, Brasilia, Brazil, Sofia, Bulgaria and Vancouver, BC. (Canada)