On Thursday March 5 I attended the ballet show at Verdi Theatre in Pordenone, Italy. I was attracted to the event because of the topic, tremendously up-to-date, and also because of the touch of contemporaneity it brought with it.
The Malandain Ballet Biarritz thrilled the audience with a brilliant performance. They are the premier company of France, and consist of 20 full-time dancers. The most important features they are aiming to spread, according to the founder Thierry Malandain, are: "Strengthen, virtuosity and sensuality" (quote from Giornale della Danza).
Cinderella was played by Miyuki Kanei, and the Prince by Daniel Vizcayo. All the choreography came from Thierry Malandain's mind, while the music was Prokof'ev's compositions.
From the beginning, I was immersed by sweetness and pureness, as the dancing movements were light and essential. The only set, made up of black heels shoes hung together in rows on the walls, was basic too.
Even while remaining modern, this ballet perfectly communicated all the feelings Cinderella faces through her life, and within the seriousness of the whole concept, it also sprinkled burlesque, irony, and humour throughout the story.
A major note has to be shared on the acting interpretations of the two step-sisters and the step-mother. I strongly suggest focusing on these minor characters, as they were powerful, extremely expressive, and versatile.
Photo by malandainballet.com
Do not expect pumpkin-coaches and other kind of furnishing and decorations: just enjoy the bright and simple costumes. A wheel, carried by the fairy, worked as a coach representation. The grand ball scene was outstanding: all the dancers in grey jumpsuits danced with mannequins in black gowns. Beyond that, you saw the entire picture, with the perfect match of rhythm and music.
Photo by comunalegiuseppeverdi.it
Despite the fact that this retelling of Cinderella's tale has slightly changed the ending, it still remains sweet and delicate. Everyone must see it - go to the theatre and you will be born again and carefree.