Everyone’s favourite fairytale – with a twist
Alexei Ratmansky, formerly artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet and now resident choreographer of American Ballet Theatre, has created a new version of Cinderella on The Australian Ballet. Set to Prokofiev’s beguiling score and featuring Surrealism-inspired sets and costumes by French designer Jérôme Kaplan, this new Cinderella is a fantasy land of 1940s glam – with some surprises in store! Ratmansky has been hailed as the saviour of traditional ballet, injecting fresh life into classical technique. His treatment of the original girl-made-good story is filled with his characteristic wit and flair.
“Ratmansky has packed his Cinderella with loveable characters, warm humour and meaty choreography, creating a wonderful modern fairytale.”
“Cinderella is set to be the envy
of the ballet world stage.”
Choreography Alexei Ratmansky
Music Sergei Prokofiev
Costume and set design Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting design Rachel Burke
Projection design Wendall K Harrington
Melbourne: with Orchestra Victoria
Sydney: with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
Adelaide: with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
This performance runs for approximately 150 minutes including two intervals
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Cinderella is working hard while her Stepmother and Stepsisters are preparing for a magnificent ball given by the prince of the land.
Cinderella’s Father has fallen on hard times. He likes to drink with his friends, which makes Cinderella’s Stepmother angry. She becomes even more furious when she sees Cinderella taking a portrait of her dead mother from its hiding place. She destroys the portrait and, along with Cinderella’s Stepsisters, upbraids the poor girl cruelly.
A dance teacher visits the Stepmother and Stepsisters to teach them graceful steps, and hairdressers arrive to give them splendid styles and help them on with their finery. Only Cinderella is left out, and when the Stepmother and Stepsisters set off, she is disconsolate. She takes solace in her dreams, imagining she is dancing at the ball.
The Fairy Godmother sees her sorrow and takes pity on her. Eccentrically disguised and accompanied by celestial bodies – sun, moon, planets, stars – she visits Cinderella and transforms her rags into a sumptuous ball gown. Before the planets transport her to the ball, the Fairy Godmother warns her not to lose track of time – at midnight, the magic will vanish.
The Prince’s ball is in full swing, and the whole court is trying to win his eye, particularly the Stepmother and her daughters. But when Cinderella arrives and encounters the Prince, it is love at first sight for both of them. The court looks on jealously, and all the ladies rush off to dress themselves like Cinderella. The Stepmother and Stepsisters also hasten to change their clothes, but they’re a step behind the fashion.
As the night progresses, the Prince is captivated by Cinderella, and their love blossoms, despite the Stepmother and her daughters’ best efforts to win his attention. In her ecstasy, Cinderella forgets the Fairy Godmother’s warning. When midnight strikes and time again intrudes, she runs from the ballroom, leaving her slipper behind.
The Prince is desperate to find his vanished love, and has a succession of women come to his palace to try on Cinderella’s slipper. When it fits none of them, he sets out to travel the world in search of her, visiting many lands and encountering many temptations. However, he can’t forget Cinderella and returns to his kingdom determined to search every corner of it, although he is fast losing hope.
Cinderella, returned to her workaday life, treasures her memories of the enchanted night with the Prince, but holds little hope of seeing him again. The Stepsisters, on the other hand, think they have made a great hit with the Prince, and each dreams excitedly of marrying him.
As part of his search, the Prince comes to visit them. The Stepmother and the Stepsisters try on the slipper, but their feet are too big for it. Only Cinderella’s foot fits it, and the Prince realises she is his love. They are reunited, and embark on their lives together.
Nightly casting is available approximately one week before the season begins.
Please visit again closer to opening night.
Adelaide Festival Centre, Festival Theatre
King William Road
Adelaide SA 5000
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