Tuesday, January 24, 2017

'Cinderella' Gets a Facelift with PNB’s ‘Cendrillon’

Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Cendrillon"
(Photo by Angela Sterling)

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Created by artists behind Roméo et Juliette, The Pacific Northwest Ballet has created a new version of the familiar Cinderella story by sharing a bit more about Cindy’s mother and father in Cendrillon. The music is by Sergei Prokofiev and choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

“Loyal to his reputation as a fairy tale paleoanthropologist, Jean-Christophe Maillot strips Cinderella of its sugar-coated layer and delivers a poignant meditation on the way in which people who disappear shape the future of those left behind. The theme of a prince who marries a peasant girl (an idea responsible for the shattered dreams and hopes of entire generations) is not given a lead role here. The choreographer denies this idea the importance it is usually given, preferring to focus on the emotional cogs that drive this timeless tale forward.”

Cendrillon will be presented February 3-12, 2017 at McCaw Hall which is located at 321 Mercer Street 98109. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling (206) 441-2424.