Many choreographers have been drawn to the Cinderella story as a ballet subject, and for very good reason. Replete with themes of transformation, love thwarted and found, familial discord, broad humour and wonderfully malleable characterization, the story offers a rich palette of dramatic and comedic opportunity. As well, the surprising, shape-shifting ebullience of Prokofiev’s score adds to the surreal, touching fabulism of the popular story and its choreographic potential.
James Kudelka’s version of Cinderella takes full advantage of these wonderful possibilities, giving the material a touch that is both riotously comic and deeply affecting. In Kudelka’s hands, the crispness and athleticism of the classical idiom melds with the often startling kineticism of the modern to shape a fresh re-telling of the well-known fairy tale in which Cinderella’s journey is less a conventional rags to riches narrative than an archetypal romance in which love finds its fruition in the restoration of a natural order.
The Art Deco-inspired sets and costumes by David Boechler and the innovative lighting design by Christopher Dennis complete this visually stunning and totally beguiling production.
For tickets: www.National.Ballet.ca
Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts — 145 Queen Street West