You’ve never seen Cinderella quite like this before. Join the San Francisco Ballet as they perform Christopher Wheeldon’s spectacular realization of this classic Grimms Brothers and Perrault fairy tale. A co-production with the Dutch National Ballet, this version offers some unique enhancements, giving added dimension to this timeless story. There is the music of Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, Basil Twist’s intriguing puppetry, along with sets and costumes designed by the Julian Crouch, best-known for his work on the Broadway production of The Addams Family. Mr. Crouch has also worked extensively with the Metropolitan Opera.
This version of Cinderella is based on Prokoiev’s ballet, which debuted in 1945. Considered among the most melodic ballet compositions ever conceived, it has remained popular with dancers ever since. Prokoiev’s production predates the Walt Disney movie by five years. The version performed by the San Francisco Ballet puts a creative twist on Walt’s original. With its ample and lavish scenery, along with the comic portrayal of the stepsisters, it is the perfect vehicle for Wheeldon to showcase his vision. The San Francisco Ballet is under the direction of Helgi Tomasson and annually presents over 100 performances both at home and abroad. The company has a solid mix of seasoned performers as well as rising young talent, and always seeks to find the most unique pieces for interpretation. Cinderella runs Friday May 3 through Sunday May 12. For more information, visit sfballet.org or call 415-865-2000.