Ballet

Cinderella by Rudolf Nureyev, music by Sergei Prokofiev

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

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Cast

Agnès Letestu — Cinderella
José Martinez — The movie star
Laëtitia Pujol — A sister
Stéphanie Romberg — A sister
Stéphane Phavorin — The mother
Wilfried Romoli — The Producer
Koen Kessels — Music director
Rudolf Nureyev — Choreographer
Petrika Ionesco — Set designer
Hanae Mori — Costumes
Guido Levi — Lighting

Program notes

An adaptation of Charles Perrault's fairy tale by Rudolf Nureyev, putting Cinderella beneath the spotlight.

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 lives. 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.

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Directed by:
Thomas Grimm
Venue: Palais Garnier (Paris, France)
Production date: 2007
Duration: 2 h 5 min
Production: © Opéra national de Paris / Telmondis