Cinderella, Prokofiev – Ballet
Rudolf Nureyev – Agnès Letestu (Cinderella), José Martinez (The movie star) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris

An adaptation of Charles Perrault's fairy tale by Rudolf Nureyev, who puts Cinderella beneath the sunlights.

When Rudolf Nureyev asked set designer Petrika Ionesco to work on his forthcoming ballet, he did not expect him to give such an innovative arrangement of Perrault's or Petipa's Cinderella. Still, after a hostile reaction, the choreographer was seduced by the idea. Because in essence, the "topic" was preserved, although modernized. A young woman is victimized by a morbid family, and her only wish is to escape the oppressive world in which she evolves. One day, her kindness is rewarded: while she runs to help a person who needs help, she changes her destiny forever. This character, who embodies the fairy in Perrault's tale, is a Hollywood producer... And this is how Nureyev turns the film star into a modern prince charming.

This refreshing version of Cinderella is at the repertoire of the Paris Opera Ballet since its creation in 1986. This arrangement of Perrault's tale, whether tragic or grotesque, presents great difficulties for the dancers. They must display great qualities in acting (we think of Stéphane Phavorin playing the part of the mother), but also rare technical faculties, like Cinderella (Agnès Letestu) who has to dance in classical ballet in points, but also slip in shoes and perform a tap-dance, and then wear high heels in order to ballroom dance (Act II)!


Agnès Letestu (Cinderella)
José Martinez (The movie star)
Laëtitia Pujol (A sister)
Stéphanie Romberg (A sister)
Stéphane Phavorin (The mother)
Wilfried Romoli (The Producer)
Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris


Paris Opera Orchestra
Koen Kessels musical direction


Rudolf Nureyev choreography
Sergei Prokofiev music
Petrika Ionesco set designer
Hanae Mori costumes
Guido Levi lightings

Duration : 02 h 05 min
Location : Palais Garnier (Paris, France)
Production date : 2007
Production : © Opéra national de Paris / Telmondis