★★★✰✰ When Maya Plisetskaya commissioned a Carmen-based ballet from Alberto Alonso, co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, she wanted to shake up Soviet ballet conventions...
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It’s not your granddaughter’s Cinderella. Alexei Ratmansky’s version dispenses with tutus and glass carriages in favor of a deco-cum?post-Soviet point of view.
The Mariinsky Ballet are currently touring California and Claudia Bauer took the opportunity to see the rarely spied Raymonda. Viktoria Tereshkina and Vladimir Shklyarov were the leads...
Vishneva as Cinderella has an endearing ability to share her happiness with the audience and casts a warm glow over the entire production.
That said, the company is still on top form. The corps de ballet is flawlessly unified technically, stylistically and musically down to their eyelashes.
Ratmansky’s vision of Cinderella is bracingly fresh, and the ballet’s harsh, urban setting and grotesque choreography seem suitably attuned to Prokofiev’s darkly sardonic score. His concept, however, does not succeed completely.