When is a fairy tale not a fairy-tale? That is one of the questions Prokofiev set out to explore in his 1944 ballet Cinderella. And it is also a question that The National Ballet of Canada’s 2004 version of the ballet asks.
Choreographed by James Kudelka, the National Ballet’s Cinderella utilizes the popularity and irresistible narrative pull of the original fairy tale to the fullest and both preserves and enhances its romantic, satiric and comic elements. But, at the same time, it subtly subverts the conventional rags to riches theme, the traditional idea of a young girl’s search for fulfillment in simply marrying well and ascending the power structure. What is the point, the ballet asks, of seeking happiness within a world as farcically corrupt as the one Cinderella inhabits?
Working with Prokofiev’s dazzling, evocative score and stunning Art Deco-inspired sets and costumes by David Boechler, Mr. Kudelka shapes a new Cinderella that is, while always enchanting, less a story of material reward than one of individual growth acquired through a deeper understanding of nature and the wider world around us.
“A divine pairing of music and dance… the finest Cinderella in the world, bar none.”
The Globe and Mail
“★★★★★ /5… it’s hard to imagine a time when audiences wouldn’t want to see this delightful work.” —Toronto Sun
“This is a love story through and through... This is a ballet that will delight dance fans” —The Hamilton Spectator
Jillian Vanstone (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 17 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (November 12, 16, 18 at 7:30 pm/November 20 at 2:00 pm)
Emma Hawes*(November 13 at 2:00 pm/November 19 at 7:30 pm)
Jurgita Dronina† (November 17, 19 at 2:00 pm)
Her Prince Charming
Naoya Ebe (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 17 at 7:30 pm)
Guillaume Côté (November 12, 16, 18 at 7:30 pm/November 20 at 2:00 pm)
McGee Maddox (November 13 at 2:00 pm/November 19 at 7:30 pm)
Harrison James* (November 17, 19 at 2:00 pm)
Stephanie Hutchison (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 17 at 7:30)
Tanya Howard (November 12, 16, 18 at 7:30 pm/November 20 at 2:00 pm)
Hannah Fischer* (November 13 at 2:00 pm/November 19 at 7:30 pm)
Kathryn Hosier* (November 17, 19 at 2:00 pm)
Her Other Stepsister
Lise-Marie Jourdain (November 12 at 2:00 pm/November 17 at 7:30)
Rebekah Rimsay (November 12, 16, 18 at 7:30 pm/November 20 at 2:00 pm)
Tiffany Mosher (November 13 at 2:00 pm/November 19 at 7:30 pm)
Shaila D’Onofrio (November 17, 19 at 2:00 pm)
† Company Debut
All casting subject to change.
Set, Costume and Properties Design:
Cinderella is a gift from The Volunteer Committee, The National Ballet of Canada.
The National Ballet invites you to attend the Cinderella Ballet Talk 45 minutes before every show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
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