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4.0 out of 5 stars A light, cheerful ballet, 30 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Prokofiev: Cinderella [Anna Tsygankova, Matthew Golding, Larissa Lezhnina] [Opus Arte: OA1114D] [DVD] [2013] [NTSC] (DVD)
This DVD is a film of Christopher Wheeldon's new version of Prokofiev's Cinderella, danced by Dutch National Ballet, one of the top companies in Europe. The editing and filming give the feeling of a very pretty production, with some lovely special effects. There are a number of changes to the usual English pantomime story of Cinderella, which are explained by Chris Wheeldon in an extra feature. These include a fuller back-story for the Prince and a happy ending for the nicer ugly sister. I felt these mostly worked well.
So what's not to like? To me, it wasn't as clear as it should be that Cinderella saves herself by her kindness to one worse off than herself, something I feel is very important in the traditional narrative. I felt that the leading ballerina did not really achieve the character of Cinderella, but seemed too feisty and too mature. I didn't feel that the choreography of the pas de deux between the prince and Cinderella in the ballroom was as good as it needed to be for this key moment in the ballet. IMO, the second act drags a little. I have to agree with another of the reviews: if you can only buy one version, get Bintley's with the BRB, it's tighter in structure and the leading couple are better suited to their roles.
But I'm glad I bought this and I shall be watching it again when want a light, cheerful ballet to entertain me after a stressful day.
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