One of the first new productions to be conceived in English National Ballet’s London City Island home will come from multi award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. He is premiering an in-the-round adaptation of his Cinderella at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2019.
Co-produced with the Royal Albert Hall, Wheeldon’s cinematic version of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale will feature over 90 dancers. They will perform spirited choreography set to Sergei Prokofiev’s sublime score, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
Wheeldon originally created his Cinderella for Dutch National Ballet and San Francisco Ballet. When it was premiered in December 2012 by Dutch National Ballet, the inventive production received great public and critical acclaim and earned Wheeldon the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize – also known as the ‘Oscar of the dance’.
Wheeldon’s take on the rags-to-riches story dispenses with a fairy godmother and is instead recast as a fable about love and nature, which The Guardian summed up thus: ‘a sweetly imagined Cinderella. It believes in magic but it believes in people, too.’
Set in an enchanting kingdom where forest critters live alongside royalty and a growing tree seems to dance in the wind, Wheeldon’s Cinderella is at times truly magical: a very special ‘ahhh!’ moment is the transformation of the pumpkin and assorted humble animals into the glamorous carriage that will take Cinderella to the ball.
A team of international artists worked with Wheeldon to give the familiar fairy tale a sumptuous new look. Magnificent sets and costumes (Julian Crouch), breath-taking theatrical wizardry (Basil Twist) and magical multimedia projections (Daniel Brodie) combined with virtuoso dancing to delight audiences.
This same team of collaborators is now adapting Wheeldon’s Cinderella for English National Ballet’s performance in the round in the cavernous Royal Albert Hall.
Booking is already open for what has the potential to be a ballet spectacular…
|What||English National Ballet, Cinderella-in-the-round, RAH|
|Where||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
06 Jun 19 – 16 Jun 19, 19:30 mats Fri & Sat 14:00, Sun 14:30 Dur.: TBC
|Price||£25-£85 (hospitality options available at a price)|
|Website||Click here to book via the RAH|