Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Choreography : Heinz Spoerli
Cinderella Karine Seneca
Fredéric Stanislav Jermakov
Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House
Musical Direction : Vladimir Fedoseyev
Once upon a time was a former prima ballerina called Cinderella. After her mother’s death she became a servant in the dance company of her stepmother and her two stepsisters. The invitation to a charity gala performance, which the celebrated solo dancer Frédéric will attend, looking for an equally gifted new partner, is going to change her life…
Heinz Spoerli has the great idea to turn Cinderella into a poor and wretched corps de ballet girl in a provincial company, exploited and humiliated by the wicked ballet mistress who favors her own two daughters–with the Good Fairy as a haggard rehearsal pianist. The stepmother and both stepsisters are played in drag. The stepmother, jealous of seeing Cinderella capturing the attention of the dancing master as she excels at the barre more than her stepsisters, frequently stops Cinderella from dancing.
This is the plot of Heinz Spoerli’s Zurich Ballet Cinderella production filmed by Andy Sommer as a musical fromp Hollywood, which turned out to be a big success at its premiere and must rank as one of the danciest stagings Prokofiev’s popular ballet has ever received.
Sumptuously designed and dressed by Johan Engels, lovingly conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev and marvellously danced by the company : young, eager, nice-looking, well-disciplined and dancing with vigor, its boys bursting with unbridled energy; especially the two leading roles grandly danced by Karine Seneca and Stanislav Jermakov, both in fine technical form.