TEEN AMBASSADOR: LUCY SCHWARTZ | MAY 6, 2016
The Moscow Festival Ballet follows the Zeiterion’s seasonal theme of “stories untold” by re-telling the story of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, while set to Sergei Prokofiev’s powerful score. What makes the story of Cinderella a classic is that it is universal and timeless. A person of any cultural or religious background can experience a situation similar to the one of Cinderella’s (not including the magic part) and the fact that ballet does not allow room for a language barrier sets this show up to be relatable and comprehensible.
The choreography, arranged by Rostislav Zakharov, was emotional and passionate and made me question if the Moscow Festival Ballet had an anti-gravity machine backstage because between the dancers leaps and pirouettes through the air, it seemed as if they were able to defy the laws of gravity. Elizabeta Dvorkina, the woman responsible for sets and costumes, gave magic to Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and the added twist of the Fairies of the four seasons.
The Fairies of the four seasons were each wearing different colored costumes to symbolize their designated seasons – the autumn ballerina, for example, wore orange and the winter ballerina wore white. To be honest, until I read the part of the program that explained the Fairies of the four seasons, I thought that these four ballerinas were supposed to play the parts of the various things that Cinderella’s fairy godmother uses her magic on – the autumn (orange) ballerina, for example, in my eyes was the pumpkin that turns into a coach, and the winter (white) ballerina was one of the mice that turns into a horse to pull the coach.
Even the clock that strikes midnight and drags Cinderella back down to reality has a part in the show. Viewers may at first interpret the dancer to be a pilgrim because of their rather traditional Mayflower-esque costume complete with a buckled hat, but once the interpretive dance of a ticking clock hand begins, there is no mistaking this dancer’s intentions.
The cast as a whole was able to deliver a passionate and energy-filled performance on stage and the chemistry was strong between the dancers for Cinderella and the Prince. After their first meeting the Prince discovering Cinderella’s left behind glass slipper, the audience could practically feel his soaring pirouettes his joy of finding a potential wife.
For anyone who sees the Moscow Festival Ballet’s Cinderella, you are in for a much more advanced, emotional, and detailed storytelling of the age-old classic.