Dutch National Ballet presents
A well-known fairy tale in a magical setting
From 13 December 2018 up to 1 January 2019 Cinderella can be seen again in Dutch National Opera & Ballet!
This production of Cinderella is one that the whole family will enjoy. It was premiered in December 2012 by Dutch National Ballet, and it earned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize, also known as the ‘Oscar of the dance’.
Christopher Wheeldon, today one of the world's most sought-after choreographers, used the popular story of Cinderella as a jumping-off point for an up-to-date, cinematic ballet spectacle. Together with a team of international artists, he's given this well-know fairy tale a new look. His Cinderella is an experience, full of humour and virtuosic dance to which a generous sprinkling of magic has been added.
Christopher WheeldonGuest choreographer
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (1973, Somerset, United Kingdom) holds a position as artistic associate of The Royal Ballet in London since 2012. Wheeldon was invited to dance with the New York City Ballet, and was promoted to soloist in 1998. He ended his dance career in 2000 to focus completely on a profession as choreographer.
There are over 60 different wigs in our Cinderella. View in this video how they were made at Dutch National Opera & Ballet.
Poetic and multilayered
For this new version of Cinderella, Dutch National Ballet worked together with San Francisco Ballet. The ballet had a great success with its American premiere five months after the jubilantly received world-premiere in Amsterdam. Wheeldon created his choreography with dancers from both companies. He was inspired by the Brothers Grimm version of the story ("more poetic than other versions") and also by the richness and atmosphere of Sergei Prokofiev's 1945 ballet music of the same name.
Strong young woman
Together with the American theatre and scenario writer Craig Lucas, Wheeldon added many new elements to the story. He thought it was important to include more background to the lives of the main characters. He no longer visualized Cinderella as a pitiful lonely drudge, but as a young woman who holds her head high in the face of sorrow. In this version, the prince also becomes a man of flesh and blood.
Julian Crouch, celebrated for his designs for the Metropolitan Opera and the Broadway stage, created the magical decors and sumptuous costumes, which are a combination of historical Victorian design and high fashion in the style of Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. The idiosyncratic American puppeteer and designer Basil Twist provided moments of pure magic: he brings the tree that symbolizes the spirit of Cinderella’s mother to life, and then transforms it into the coach that will take Cinderella to the ball.
In spring, the production will go to Asia. The Asian premiere will be on March 12th 2015 in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in Hong Kong.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Matthew Rowe.
Dutch Ballet Orchestra, formerly known as Holland Symfonia, is the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Ballet. The orchestra brings together music and dance into a magical experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, from music education to talent development. Het Balletorkest is conducted by chief conductor Matthew Rowe, and consists of 45 musicians, supported by highly qualified guest performers when necessary. This is what makes the orchestra flexible, dynamic and adept. Dutch Ballet Orchestra is an orchestra with personality, driven by one mission: to stir people with music.
Three introductory evenings about: Cinderella, La Dame aux Camélias, Junior Company/ ISH. Presented by Sander Hiskemuller.
Every performance of National Opera & Ballet is preceded by a pre-perfoamnce talk. Learn more, enjoy more. This talk begins 45 minutes before curtain and is held in the foyer of the second balcony. The pre-performance talk is free of charge to everyone attending the performance, and amplification is used to enhance audibility. Several days prior to the premiere, the introduction will be made available digitally as a podcast. Check this page to see if the podcast has already been made available.
‘No ballet choreographer of his generation can match his imaginative use of the classical vocabulary’
‘The fairy tale flies passed the eyes like a film, in fluently staged images' (…) ‘this Cinderella promises to become a massive hit.’
‘The imagination is so visionary that your jaw automatically drops open’