Libretto by Nikolay Volkov after the fairytale of the same name by Charles Perrault
Choreography by Rostislav Zakharov revived by Mikhail Messerer
Stage and Costume Design: Pyotr Williams
Staging by Mikhail Messerer
Musical Director of the production: Mikhail Tatarnikov
Stage Designer of the revival: Vyacheslav Okunev
Multimedia director, author of lighting design: Gleb Filshtinsky
Production of the video content: Show Consulting studio, St Petersburg
Realization of the lighting design: Alexander Kibitkin
Ballet Master’s Assistant: Anna Razenko
Musical Director’s Assistant: Igor Tomashevsky
Stage Designer’s Assistants: Sergey Novikov, Anna Kotlova
Pianist: Natalia Spichka
Stage Manager: Sasha Kononenko
ballet in three acts
music by Sergey Prokofiev
Premiere at the Mikhailovsky Theatre: 14 September 2017
A modern version of the classic play from 1945, resurrected in a style fit for a digital-age audience. This production’s calling card has become its successful marriage of lovely ballet from years gone by and modern stage technology. Visual computer effects peacefully coexist with traditional costumes and props. Rostislav Zakharov, to whom the premiere is dedicated in celebration of the 110th anniversary of his birth, described his production as „a song about the spring of human life, youth, happiness and dreams“. While working on the new version, Mikhail Messerer followed the mood set by the ballet’s creator.
Cinderella’s room. She is sleeping holding the slipper close to her heart. A sunbeam sneaking into the window awakens the girl. Looking at the slipper, she reminisces about the wonderful events of the memorable night: the ball, the golden carriage, the Fairy, and the beautiful Prince.
A crowd is running along the street. Everyone is excited: the Prince is arriving. He is still looking for the girl who has lost her slipper at the ball, whom he declares he will marry. The Prince is exhausted by his long, unsuccessful search, but he is still full of hope. The girl may be nearer than he expects...
Cinderella’s stepsisters and stepmother bow to the Prince: they also try the slipper on, but it is too small for any of them. The stepmother decides to cut off her big toe in order to put the slipper on. The Prince notices Cinderella, who is standing aside. Suddenly she drops a slipper — identical to the one that the Prince found on the stairs of the palace. Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters are astonished. The Fairy appears and gives her blessing to Cinderella and the Prince.
Cinderella and the Prince find themselves in a wonderful garden. They start a long and happy life together.
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