The Australian Ballet is premiering the Sergei Prokiev ballet Cinderella in Melbourne and Sydney. Choreographed by the Russian born and New York based Alexei Ratmansky, the play has been described as “interesting, influential [and] thoughtful.” The 150 minute ballet will be performed on the 17th of September in the Arts Centre in Melbourne, before heading over the Sydney Opera House on the 29th November.
Ratmansky has a long and distinguished list of achievements to his name. A former dancer, he ended up running the famous Bolshoi Company at the age of 36 for five years, before crossing the Atlantic to join the American Ballet Theatre in 2009. He has received numerous awards for his choreographic work, including the Golden Mask Award for his production of Jeu de Cartes for the Bolshoi Company. Costume designer Jérôme Kaplan and Ratmansky have worked together previously for Het National Ballet’s Don Quixote and Bolshoi’s Lost Illusions.
Included in the performance will be 10 bowler hats especially made by a New Zealand milliner, 68 dancers, 200 backstage crew, 20 metres of net for the skirts of each ball gown alone, 1000 metres of material, 8 metre high sets built by Altona Production Centre, and 250 costumes! A huge undertaking, bringing an inkling of the scale of the performance.
There will be also be a charity performance on the 16th of September, and $50 000 from ticket sales will go the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.