Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures stylized ballet Cinderella is elegant, spellbinding, exciting, surprising, electric and a modern piece for the 21st century.
Currently at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles until March 10, 2019.
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is definitely not a classic ballet on pointe with the traditional fairy tale story we all grew up with. Bourne ingeniously incorporates the backdrop of World War II London complete with projections, archival news reel film, the sound of war, a moving set that lights up and then collapses to mimic a sense of Paris being bombed to tell the story of a Cinderella in another era.
Even with this tremendous production value the shining stars in this ballet is Bourne’s inventive new and fresh contemporary choreography and his brilliant repertoire of dancers who tell the story with athleticism, grace and agility of movement. The movement style incorporates various dance styles which match purposefully and effortlessly with the music score. In this story the prince is the air fighter pilot (in my performance: Andrew Monaghan) and Cinderella (in my performance: Ashley Shaw) is attired in a beautiful ballroom gown not a frilly tutu. A guardian angel is in place of a fairy godmother who helps Cinderella get to the New Year’s Eve ball.
At the conclusion I was amidst the appreciative audience that rose to their feet instinctively in a standing ovation to honor the cast in their brilliance. If you missed this production you can look forward to Bourne’s next production of Swan Lake coming to the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles next year DEC 3, 2019 – JAN 5, 2020.
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