"When ballet is played and performed like this, it is the most natural and expressive art form there is. Clever Ratmansky. Wonderful Mariinsky."
"Ratmansky’s take on Cinderella is both refreshing and sophisticated."
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky (2002)
Musical Director & Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Performed by Mariinsky Ballet & Orchestra
One of the most revered companies in classical dance, the Mariinsky Ballet has endured as a bastion of arts excellence and innovation for more than two centuries. The company presents one of the most celebrated works in its repertoire, Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella. Commissioned for the Mariinsky in 2002, the production launched the choreographer to international stardom, earning him a reputation for revitalizing classic ballet with urbane sophistication and modern storytelling. Ratmansky's enchanting version of the fairy tale draws its drama from the wellspring of Prokofiev's glorious, bittersweet score performed by the unparalleled Mariinsky Orchestra.
Ratmansky is the world’s most influential ballet-maker, credited with revitalising classical dance through a series of highly individual productions. He breathes new life into Prokofiev’s ballet, weaving together an array of different styles and echoing the complexities of the composer’s score. The set, beautifully designed by Ilya Utkin and Yeveny Monakhov, transports us to the 20th century and this is reflected in the choreography’s contemporary edge, which goes from lively court dances to a stunning pas de deux between Cinderella and her prince. What results is a fresh and modern account of the classic fairytale, with stunning performances from both the Mariinsky dancers and Mariinsky Orchestra.