The story of Cinderella has stirred the hearts of young and old all over the world for centuries. While many countries have their own take on the tale, Charles Perreault’s version unquestionably remains one of the most popular, with its wicked step-sisters, fairy godmother and a carriage and slipper made of glass. It is a magnificent adaptation of that story, featuring Prokofiev’s incomparable score, that the National Ballet of Ukraine will be presenting for us today.
According to Prokofiev himself, his score, which was composed over 75 years ago, was crafted “as a classical ballet with variations, adagios, pas de deux, etc. ... [I see] Cinderella not only as a fairy-tale character but also as a flesh-and-blood person who lives and breathes among us.”
The National Ballet of Ukraine, directed by Ukrainian choreographer and People’s Artist of Ukraine Aniko Rekhviashvili, has earned worldwide recognition since it was founded in the early 20th century. Over the years, it has been able to preserve the traditions of classical ballet and present works of a very high calibre.
Ever since this spectacular Ukrainian company wowed us with The Marriage of Figaro on its visit to Montreal last year, we have eagerly awaited its return with this classical ballet in three acts, which tells the story of a young girl who escapes her destiny and shows that, in the end, love and goodness always triumph.
I hope your evening is just as magical and delightful as this jewel from the classical repertoire.