Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Bluebeard had nothing on The Thousand and One Nights' King Shahryar, the fictional sultan who wed virgins one by one and knocked them off after a single conjugal night. Clever Scheherazade postponed her execution by telling the king exciting stories, including the legends of Ali Baba, Sinbad the Sailor, and Aladdin. But ballet's Scheherazade shifts the focus away from these thrilling tales and toward the relationship between a lethal husband and a desperate wife, creating a darkly dramatic dance experience. Russia's famed Kirov Ballet & Orchestra presents Scheherazade tonight along with the abstract Chopiniana(aka Les Sylphides) and The Firebird, the tale of a magic bird set to the strains of Stravinsky. The show begins at 8 (and runs through Oct. 9) at Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft & Telegraph, on the UC Berkeley campus. Admission is $42- 110; call (510) 642-9988 or visit www.calperfs.berkeley.edu.