I have never performed a Prokofiev ballet, so have been looking forward to Cinderella for some time. Romeo and Juliet comes up quite often, but I have managed to miss those productions with TAB - one day I hope.
This is a new production blessed with choreography by ex Bolshoi Ballet artistic
director Alexei Ratmansky.
The music is quirky Prokofiev - challenging to the player and listener alike.
Annie O Warburton would not have been too impressed with some of his harmonic
progressions and cadences, but I love it. The bass part is a mix of easy stuff
with some hair raising challenging moments - the latter all being exposed, of
course. I knew what was coming, as half the excerpts for the Birmingham Royal
Ballet principal job in 2012 were from Cinders.
Cinderella is a light break before the heavy lifting of Wagner's Ring, which
starts rehearsals at the end of September.