About the Performance
Choreographer: Bengt Jörgen
Music: Sergei Prokofiev
Set & Lighting Design: Glenn Davidson
Costume Design: Robert Doyle
Number of Dancers: 16
Run Time: 2 hours with 1 intermission
This ballet by Bengt Jörgen is an innovative take on the classic fairy tale. Jörgen’s choreography balances the fairy tale elements of the story with a contemporary treatment of Cinderella and her family relationships. Returning to the original Russian tradition of having women perform the roles of the stepsisters, Jörgen builds a more realistic and human look at Cinderella and her circumstances, and then uses these scenes to both counterpoint and highlight the magical aspects of the story.
Glenn Davidson’s set design creates a fantastical environment based on the idea of the natural world reclaiming man-made structures. Inspiration for the set pieces is drawn from ice storms and old growth forests. Costume designs by Robert Doyle playfully echo each character’s personality.
Ballet Jörgen Canada’s Cinderella is a classical ballet with modern, dramatic sensibilities.
For years my mother and I talked of going to see a ballet together. Unfortunately every time a ballet company came to the Island, which wasn’t often for many years, something always came up that prevented us from going. Regretfully we never did get to the ballet together as my mother passed away. I never told my daughters about my desire to see a ballet and never thought either one would be interested in seeing one with me. So imagine my excitement when my oldest girl asked if I would possibly want to go to Cinderella. She was as excited as I was.
We saw Cinderella last evening at the Confederation Centre. It was wonderful! Everything and more than either of us anticipated. We are hooked and eager to enjoy more. I can’t thank you and the entire company enough for making a dream come true for me. The only thing missing was my mom but I feel she was there watching too.
Your production of Cinderella at the Rebecca Cohn in Halifax once more lifted my spirit and filled my soul with healing, humour and beauty. From the opening to the final scene, I was enthralled. Your choreography as usual, is breathtaking. How you capture, not just through acting but through movement, dance steps and motion the essence of speech without words is a mystery to us, the lay audience. The transitions from movement to movement are impeccable and surely what Prokofiev must have felt in creating his music.
I attended the Windsor presentation of Cinderella. I just wanted to commend the choreographer for creating a beautiful work of art; as well as to applaud the dancers for their brilliant performances. Thank you for providing such a lovely evening of ballet. It was a pure joy to watch such talent and artistry, creating breath-taking movements throughout the entire performance. I was delightfully enchanted! Thank you for coming to Windsor! I look forward to attending your next performance!