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Cinderella- West Australian Ballet

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Come to the ball and be mesmerised by this fairy-tale ballet
Could there be anything more beautiful than the exquisite timeless story of Cinderella, being performed as a ballet?

The West Australian Ballet accompanied by the West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra is performing the ballet, Cinderella at His Majesty's Theatre from 20th November to 13th December.

Cinderella Ballet West Australian Ballet
Image supplied by West Australian Ballet Centre


The "Aarne–Thompson system" (which classifies folklores), classifies Cinderella as "the persecuted heroine" but Cinderella is an alluring story of hope and love. It evokes the romantic fantasy of every little (and big) girl, of a handsome prince falling in love with her, searching for her and rescuing her from a life of drudgery.

Cinderella was unfairly mistreated by her step-family and could only dream of a better life. When her Fairy Godmother appears, Cinderella is offered an evening of wonder and beauty as she gets to go to Prince Charming's ball. But as the sparkle and magic ends at midnight, Cinderella has to flee, leaving behind only a slipper. In pursuit of finding his true love again, the Princes searches the Kingdom for the mysterious beauty. Will Cinderella be rescued and find her happy ending?

The story of Cinderella really is a timeless classic. I did a little background reading and although I am not claiming my sources are 100% reliable, I found the earliest known variant of the "Cinderella" story is considered to be the story of Rhodopis, published in 7 BC, about a Greek slave girl who marries the king of Egypt. There have subsequently been many variations of the "Cinderella" story in countries all around the world.

The West Australian Ballet's production of Cinderella credits-
Choreography by Jayne Smeulders
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Set & Costumes by Allan Lees
Lighting by Jon Buswell
West Australian Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Michael Collins

Tickets are available through Ticketek

The West Australian Ballet offers the opportunity to enhance your ballet experience by attending the free pre-performance talk on Thursday 3 December at 5:45pm.
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Why? An alluring story of hope and love
When: Fri 20 Nov to Sun 13 Dec 2015
Phone: 08 9214 0707
Where: His Majesty's Theatre
Cost: From $22-$108
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