Dutch National Ballet presents

Cinderella Christopher Wheeldon


Famous fairy tale in a magical setting

Duration 2:35

Breaks 2

This season’s must-see, Cinderella whisks you away to a world of charm and laughter, entrancing dance and a dash of magic, bringing the classic fairy tale back to life for a new generation. A spectacular ballet performance the whole family will enjoy. 

Cinderella, a contemporary and cinematic ballet spectacle, is an experience full of humour, virtuoso dance and a hefty dose of magic. A 'must see', the time-honoured fairytale Cinderella, brought back to life for a new generation. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s modern, filmic take on the classic Cinderella was crowned with a prestigious Prix Benois de la Danse, the ‘Oscar of dance’.

Grimm’s Cinderella

Wheeldon’s staging is based on the original version popularised by the Brothers Grimm, which is both darker and more poetic than the version many people know. In the new libretto, written in collaboration with American playwright and screenwriter Craig Lucas, the characters are fleshed out as real people.

Christopher Wheeldon: ‘Cinderella is not the victim and drudge she’s often portrayed as being; I see her as more in control. She knows she has no choice, she has to put up with her father’s new wife and her daughters and she shoulders her burden with her head held high and a sense of inner pride. By the same token, the stepsisters are not wholly mean and vile.’

Sergei Prokofiev

Christopher Wheeldon drew his inspiration for Cinderella from the Brothers Grimm story as well as the rich and multifaceted ballet music composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1945.

New look

For the world première of Cinderella at Dutch National Ballet in 2012, Wheeldon worked with a team of international artists to give the familiar story a completely new look.

Haute couture

Julian Crouch, a celebrated Metropolitan Opera and Broadway designer, created the storybook sets and opulent costuming for Cinderella, fusing historical Victorian fashion with haute couture à la Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. 


Offbeat American puppeteer and design Basil Twist imbues Cinderella with moments of pure magic, such as the tree symbolising the spirit of Cinderella’s mother that comes to life and then transforms into a carriage that whisks her to the ball.

Cinematic experience

The projections by multimedia artist Daniel Brodie add a cinematic dimension to complete the fairy tale experience.

Cinderella is a co-production with San Francisco Ballet and has swiftly risen to become part of the classic repertoire. This new classic has already appeared on numerous stages in the United States, Hong Kong and London.

    Wed 29 Jan The New York Times

    ‘No ballet choreographer of his generation can match his imaginative use of the classical vocabulary’

    Thu 15 Feb Het Parool

    'Using a sophisticated machinery of front and backcloths, film projections and inventive light effects, the designers have created a magical set filled with surprises.’

    Wed 29 Jan De Telegraaf

    ‘The fairy tale flies passed the eyes like a film, in fluently staged images' (…) ‘this Cinderella promises to become a massive hit.’

    Wed 29 Jan Trouw

    ‘The imagination is so visionary that your jaw automatically drops open’

Christopher Wheeldon

Guest 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.

Christopher Wheeldon
Video design
Daniel Brodie
Assistant choreographer
Jackie Barrett
Christopher Wheeldon and Craig Lucas
Sergej Prokofiev
Set and costume design
Julian Crouch
Direction and design of tree and carriage scene
Basil Twist
Lighting design
Natasja Katz


Dutch Ballet Orchestra conducted by Simon Hewett

Dutch Ballet Orchestra
Since its foundation in 1965, the orchestra has been the proud orchestral partner of Dutch National Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater. This way of working is unique in the Netherlands. Dutch Ballet Orchestra, with Matthew Rowe as its principal conductor, consists of a permanent core of 45 musicians, supported where necessary by highly qualified guest players. This gives the orchestra a unique character: flexible, dynamic and of high quality. Dutch Ballet Orchestra combines music and dance to provide an enchanting experience: from classical ballet to modern dance, from music education to talent development. An optimal synthesis between music and dance is the orchestra’s mission. The orchestra masters a rich repertoire, which includes the crown jewels of ballet history such as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. This repertoire is always complemented by the best works of contemporary composers, selected by the leading choreographers of today. The orchestra reaches dance lovers and enthusiasts of ballet music as well as children and adolescents. The educational projects of the orchestra have won several (international) awards, including the Young Audiences Music Award in 2016 for Creatures, a collaboration with dance company ISH.

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Experts share their thoughts on current productions Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers an introductory talk 45 minutes before each performance. An expert will share background information, context and interesting details that can give your theatre visit more depth. The talks are in Dutch and are free to all the ticket holders. You can also find an abridged version of the introduction on our website as a podcast.
Time: 45 minutes before the performance
Location: Odeonzaal; ground floor entrance



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