Different Takes on a Classic Fairy Tale

This is an exciting summer at Ballet Fantastique. We have multiple performances, camps, classes and more! One of our most anticipated events is our up and coming tour of Cinderella: A Rock Opera Ballet. We are touring to Florence and Portland (click for tickets) this August for a weekend of performances and entertainment! To get in the mood for the resurfacing of our show, let’s take a look at the history of Cinderella and different ways it has been adapted on the stage.

First off, there are the origins of the story itself. Diverse renditions of Cinderella exist. Records of a story resembling Cinderella have surfaced all the way back to the 9th Century A.D. in China, but the most well-known version comes from author Charles Perrault in the 17th Century. Perrault’s story was then adapted by the Brothers Grimm, leading up to the popular Disney film version.

The classical ballet version of Cinderella was originally performed in Vienna, Italy in 1813 (along with multiple other productions throughout the 19th and 20th centuries). One of these is Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, originally performed as a film in 1957 starring Julie Andrews (photo above), which was then later adapted for the stage. Other modern Cinderella ballets include British choreographer Matthew Bourne’s, taking place in London during the Second World War, and Rudolf Nureyev’s rendition, set in the 1930’s Hollywood scene. Christian Louboutin’s even jumped on the Cinderella bandwagon with his recent creation of high-class Cinderella slippers.

Versions of the fairy tale are enjoyed by audiences who love unique and entertaining content, but also the familiarity of a childhood favorite.  Ballet Fantastique’s rendition is quite exceptional in that it uses live on-stage music and all-original choreography. This 1960’s rock opera version includes all your favorite hits (performed live), beautiful ballerinas, and character developments you’ll have to see to believe. A recent review on the show featured in The Register Guard states “Ballet Fantastique not only danced outside the box, it threw the box away.” If you’re in the Florence or Portland area, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to experience this great performance!

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