Rinat Mouzafarov promises a magical experience this weekend at "Thumbelina" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream," two fairy-themed miniature ballets.
The ballets will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University's Old Main. Tickets are $12 and are available at Home Sweet Home, Jacobsen Music, Northwest Music, Video Magic, Esoterica and by calling The Institute of Dance and Ballet Theatre at 837-0239.
Mouzafarov said he choreographed "Thumbelina," which has not been put on as a ballet in North America. He drew inspiration from the characters and music in the 1994 cartoon "Thumbelina."
The cast of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” include, back row, from left to right, Makenna Sartwell, Tim Lewis, Rinat Mouzafarov (in donkey costume), Brianna Berg, Cole Anderson, Nicholas Pederson and Chloe Ondracek. Front row, from left to right, Gabrielle Kindy, Anastassia Hofer, Amelia Collins and Hannah Peterson.
The leads in “Thumbelina” include, left to right, Emma Cassim as Thumbelina, Ashton Cassim as Cornelius and Alexie Kindy as Juachimo.
"Thumbelina" tells the story of a tiny, thumb-sized girl and her various adventures before she is able to find and marry her true love, a fairy prince who is just her size. Hans Christian Anderson wrote the original version of the fairy tale in the 1800s. Mouzafarov said the stars of the show are his littlest dancers, those in the pre-ballet and beginning ballet classes, while the junior dancers dance the lead roles.
His more advanced dancers are dancing in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," another petite ballet. Mouzafarov said they are two separate ballets but he paired "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with "Thumbelina" because they both have a fairy theme. The Shakespearean tale tells the story of mismatched lovers and mischievous fairies Oberon and Titania.
Mouzafarov said he is pleased to have strong dancers who are highly capable in the roles and also pleased to have more strong male dancers for this production.
People who attend the production can expect high quality family entertainment, he said.
Mouzafarov said he also could not put on such a successful production without the help of dedicated parent volunteers who helped with the colorful costumes and set design and music.
He can do it only because his studio is located in Minot and not in a larger location, he said.