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).

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Neuro-atypical. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2015/02/14, in class notes, review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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