With change all around us lately, we have all been asked to think globally. Our new administrations has issued the charge for us to step outside of the American ego and consider the rest of the world. Consider this. When the State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents “Cinderella” at the Harris Theater this weekend, we all have the opportunity to see a great artistic tradition from one of the mightiest countries in the world. Those of you rolling your eyes at the suggestions that a production of “Cinderella” has anything to do with geopolitics, I get that. However, art is the way for us to reach out to one another over political and racial divides. Russian ballet is at the zenith of dance tradition. Choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev, the great twentieth-century Russian dancer who held the positions of principal dancer and general director of the famed Bolshoi Theater, this staging promises to be exemplary. So while Russia’s PR has been less than stellar recently, this is a chance to see something beautiful from a place we will be hearing much more from in the months and years to come. (William Scott)
At the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph, (312)334-7777. Jan 30 & 31.