Val Caniparoli’s “A Cinderella Story” at Louisville Ballet
I’m going to keep this brief, because I’m soooooooo tired.
This was, simply put, a really surprisingly great show. Very different, very modern choreography; great music; awesome set design; excellent execution by the dancers — but the acting element was what really stole the show. (Also: Loved the wacko stepmother. She was brilliant!)
Dancers embodying their characters; playing with them; blurring the line between “dancer” and “actor” — that makes for great ballet storytelling. No awkward pantomime. One rather hilarious allusion to Swan Lake.
Enjoyed immensely; highly recommended. Did cabrioles all the way to the car (but only on the left leg!).
If you can go see it, do!
One caveat: some younger kids (and some less creative adults) may not groove on the very abstract storytelling approach. Our nephew (who turned 7 in January) really enjoyed some scenes, but a lot of it went right over his head. However, dance-mad kids with some ballet training will either love it (if they love dance, period) or haaaate it (if they’re classical ballet purists).