NF Ballet’s “Cinderella” – That Glass Slipper
By Bruce Collier
March 17, 2011 Issue
Spring, the season of light, fresh ideas, and romance. A perfect
time to enjoy the much adored and triumphant ever-after tale, Cinderella,
presented by the Northwest Florida Ballet at the Mattie Kelly Fine
and Performing Arts Center April 2 and 3.
Artistic director Todd
Eric Allen joins a long line of distinguished choreographers who
have brought versions of Sir Frederick Ashton’s staging and
choreography to audiences since 1948.
The timeless three-act ballet features a favorite story line, top-notch
performers and a sumptuous score by Sergei Prokofiev. The charm
of this production will surely convert any forty winker into a fan.
of the rags to riches fable were first recorded in ninth century
China with a golden fish as the heroine’s friend and helper.
Not until 1634 did it make an appearance in its westernized form.
The fairy godmother, pumpkin carriage and glass slipper were later
added by French writer Charles Perrault. It is this account around
which the ballet is shaped rather than the well-known Grimm Brothers
translation where the stepsisters become blind for their cruelty.
The lovely and
articulate Orlando Ballet principal Katia Garza plays Cinderella
with international guest artist Israel Rodriquez as her handsome
prince. Seen as the gentle mother replacement is the fairy godmother
played this year by NFB soloist Lauren Hamilton. Audience favorites
are the pratfalls of choreographer Allen and Preston Dyar as the
Panto-dame stepsisters, along with internationally recognized guest
artist David Goud as the waggish jester.
NFB company dancers play
roles of the Fairies of the Season and the oodles of children are
from the ranks of the highly acclaimed NFB Ballet Academie.
The message of the ageless
tale is how hope, honest virtue and true love save the day. Following
Ashton’s path, Allen’s production combines lyrical classicism,
stylized and slapstick pantomime to a heavenly Prokofiev score.
Don’t let the clock strike midnight without you--this is a
not to be missed event.
are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30. Tickets are $25 for
adults and $12.50 for children under 12. Visit www.nfballet.org
or call (850) 664-7787.
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