Firebird, a story finding its roots in Russian folktales is full of love and magic. It tells the story of Prince Ivan, lost in the forest of the evil and immortal Kastchei. Prince Ivan spots a magnificent creature picking golden apples and he captures her. The creature is the Firebird. Desperate for her release, the Firebird gives him a magic feather in exchange for her freedom.
Leaving Prince Ivan alone in the forest he discovers an old castle belonging to Kastchei where 13 enchanted princesses must stay under his spell as his captives. Ivan falls in love with one of the princesses, Tsarevna and promises to find a way to break the spell. Following them back to the castle as dawn breaks a bell rings out and Kastchei and his evil servants appear.
Kastchei tries to turn Prince Ivan into stone but just in time he remembers the magic feather and summons the Firebird. Instantly she appears and casts a spell on Kastchei forcing them into a deep sleep. As they sleep, Firebird tells Ivan that there is a great egg that holds Kastchei’s soul, if it’s not broken he will remain immortal forever. Finding the egg, Ivan throws it to the ground and breaks the spell. The princesses celebrate their freedom and Prince Ivan and Tsarevna realize their love for one another and the two marry.
Photos: Chandra Kuykendall, Domenico Luciano, and Artists of Colorado Ballet
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