In a few weeks, the familiar story of Cinderella will be brought to life in a brand-new way. Ballet Minnesota will be presenting the full-length ballet April 5 & 6 with all new choreography by Artistic Director Andrew Rist.
I am honored to be learning the title role, and will be performing as Cinderella April 5 at 10:00am, and April 6 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the O'Shaughnessy website, theoshaughnessy.com
The ballet is set to a rich score by Prokofiev, written between 1940 and 1944. The ballet was originally performed in 1945, which is much later than other classics such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, or Sleeping Beauty. Because it isn’t a big Petipa ballet, there is no codified choreography. Our Artistic Director is therefore creating the ballet from scratch. It has been an incredible process to see the ballet take form. Furthermore, Andy’s interpretation of the story is rich and multi-layered. I have really enjoyed exploring the depth of Cinderella’s character, particularly her relationship with her depressed and broken father and her longing for the carefree days of her past.
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