Under the Presidency of H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover
A tale which will always attract hearts. A dream which ensures happy end despite all stepmothers and furious sisters of the world.
A glittering certificate which guarantees that fairness will reign the world, and tiny diligence will be ever awarded. All that Cinderella is.
If it is still possible to retell the old story in a fresh way but keeping all its tenderness, charm and beauty, Jean-Christophe Maillot is the best person to do that. Starting with the Prokofiev’s essentially human vision that Cinderella was not simply a character from a fairy tale, but also a human being, whose fate moved everyone, Maillot plays on the wonderful and natural to deploy this great picture-book with hints of the familiar and strange. Guided by the memory of her mother, Cinderella makes her journey in search of a true love among the tragic excesses of a court with a sophisticated aesthetic. The choreographer seizes on the theme, an obsession for humankind, of the recognition of one’s true love — an essential key in understanding Jean-Christophe Maillot’s narration. Not just Cinderella, but also Romeo and Juliet, the white and black swans and even more recently Katharina and Petruchio… all of whom see a cartload of calamities rain down on them when it comes to nding their true love. But do the Pas de Deux created by The Jean-Christophe Maillot, each more sensual than the last, not show us that in the end, nothing is worth more effort?
There is a «Maillot style», modern, fluid and minimalist, without any aggressiveness, dream-like.
Its view of the work is exceptionally homogenous. Everything seems to be obvious and his style does not burden itself with useless flourishes. This new Cinderella is nicely adorned with a clever and aesthetic scenery.
Ballet in 3 acts
Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Scenography: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Light: Dominique Drillot
World Premiere: 3 April 1999, Opéra de Monte-Carlo
Duration: 1 hour 55 minutes with one intermission