Thursday, April 29, 2010

Top Ten Ballets - Cinderella

This rags to riches story is very well-known, but here it is again, as promised!

Cinderella lives with her wicked stepsisters, until a beggar (who reveals herself to be a fairy) comes, and rewards Cinderella by giving her a coach and a new look. At the ball, Cinderella falls in love with the prince. She stays only until midnight, when the spell wears off. But, she leaves her slipper behind, which the prince uses to find her again.

Cinderella Trivia
  • Based on the fairy tale, Cendrillon, written by French storyteller, Charles Perrault
  • First appeared in 1893 in Saint Petersburg, Russia and was danced by the Russian Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre
  • Choreography by Enrico Cecchetti (Act I and Act III) and Lev Ivanov (Act II), under Marius Petipa's supervision and counsel (Marius is "must-know" ballet choreographer)
  • The most popular, modern version of the ballet was recomposed in 1945 by Sergei Prokofiev (a "must-know" ballet composer)
  • Cinderella's stepsisters are sometimes played by men
  • In the original story, there is no beggar, or seasonal fairies
  • The glass slipper is played by a regular ballet slipper
Cinderella - Svetlana Zakharova with the stepsisters - Anastasia Vinokur and Lola Kochetkova
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