The production of Cinderella was beautifully composed and choreographed. Yet all the dance moves would be nothing without the hard and diligent work of the composer, lighting and special effect teams. Cinderella shows great craftsmanship and comes together to reveal a lovely story of a child growing up under harsh conditions to flourish into the beautiful character that is Cinderella.
The production of Cinderella debuted in San Francisco and was choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. It was an amazing display of creative techniques, use of props and striking music. Cinderella was played the the talented Maria Kochetkova and Prince Charming by Joan Boada. Together this powerful duo helped bring to life the awe striking production of Cinderella.
On behalf of the dancers, their technique was flawless. One can hear the ballerina's toe-ball-heal change with each landing leap from the back of the Opera House. There is such control and power with each step, yet it is filled with such ease and flow that one cannot help but get carried away with the motions. With each gliding, leap you can see the ballerinas defy what seems to be the laws of physics.
The special effects of lighting, music and the horse drawn carriage were spectacular. The lighting complimented the music and dancers well. Yet without the music the story of Cinderella would not be as powerful. The creation of the horse drawn carriage using dance, props and a gown was a magnificent and beautiful site to see. The use of the flowing gown was ingenious. To find a material light enough to glide, thick enough to catch the wind and the perfect shade of orange, discreet enough to keep the audience from piecing it together before hand, must have been a tremendous task. The horse drawn carriage scene skillfully brought together all the pieces of dance, story, music, lighting and technique to create the spectacle that is Cinderella.
The rendition of Cinderella was a classic representation of the original Charles Perrault. The silly antics of Boada as he fits Cinderella’s shoe to the exotic princesses was amusing. While the beautiful Balinese Princess was a terrific addition and a thoughtful addition to the story. During the scene of the dueling evil step sisters, one can even begin to feel for the simpler character that is sister Clementine, (Dores Andre) as Edwina (Sasha De Sola) cruelly belittles her sister in front of the Prince. Yet, the story would not be complete without the tragic scene of the death of Cinderella's mother -- a touching scene played by such a young ballerina. Cinderella comes a long way from her devastating youth at the finale when she finally receives her happy ending.
For more information on the production of Cinderella, visit the San Francisco Ballet website at: http://www.sfballet.org/tickets/production/overview/cinderella