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Work: Cinderella

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ComposerProkofiev, Sergei (1891-1953)
Period20th century
Year1893
Work typeDance
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Prokofiev: Cinderella
Enrico Cecchetti; Lev Ivanov; Marius Petipa; Sir Frederick Ashton; The National Ballet of Japan; Misato Tomita; Wendy Ellis Somes; David Walker [set designer]
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Scottish Ballet's Cinderella lights up Edinburgh

Roses in Scottish Ballet's Cinderella © Andy Ross
A welcome revival of Christopher Hampson's imaginative reworking of this perennial fairy tale 
***11
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Bourne's Cinderella

Liam Mower (the Angel), Ashley Shaw (Cinderella) in Bourne's Cinderella © Johan Persson
Matthew Bourne offers a cleverly structured blockbuster that looks and sounds ravishing.
*****
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Devastation and exuberance: Brussels Phil

Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
An enterprising programme combined a striking WWI commemoration from Mark-Anthony Turnage with sumptuous ballet suites from Prokofiev and Ravel, with Nikolaj Znaider rhapsodic in Bruch.
****1
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Wheeldon's Cinderella, SFB

Frances Chung and Joseph Walsh in Wheeldon's Cinderella © Erik Tomasson
The show stealer is the opening scene of Act III, as the curtain rises to reveal a line of females, both human and forest-creature, seated, waiting to try on the slipper the prince holds. It’s brilliant, laugh-out-loud clever.
****1
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Starry, starry night: BRBs celestial Cinderella

Cinderella © Bill Cooper
David Bintley's 2010 Birmingham Royal Ballet version of Cinderella is the antithesis to Ashton. Instead of pantomime, he offers pure fairy tale every magical step of the way.
*****
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