After its successful run in 2015, Cinderella, performed by Ballet Cymru has not lost its magical spirit.
An incredibly well thought through production, that incorporates film and soundscapes to create a beautifully haunting cinematic feel that honours the Grim Brothers original dark tale, while keeping it light, friendly and targeted at their target audience, children.
Unlike the National Dance Company of Wales production of Terra Firma, I saw last month, this production took the audience on an emotional journey, using not just the clever choreography of Darius James & Amy Doughty, but also the excellent use of projection design, lighting design (Chris Illingworth) and Soundscapes (Jack White). This was obvious not just by the audience enjoyment, but also by the large house size on the night.
Because of the clever use of projection technology, the set consisted of a cleverly used blow up couch and in one scene a tombstone. Not once throughout the piece did I feel the use of cinematic sets damaged my emotional journey. If any I felt it increased my emotional journey as it added more to the performance, then any physical set could have done.
Ballet Cymru’s production of Cinderella is on tour all through 2018.
I highly recommend this production for children and adults of all ages, who have been or who have never been to dance previously. With a run time of only 90 minutes, it’s story is clear, entertaining and can be enjoyed by anyone.
Image: Sian Trenberth