The Mariinsky Ballet in Alexei Ratmansky's "Cinderella" at BAM. Photo by Jack Vartoogian.
“Cinderella” is timeless. Thousands of years after its first incarnation, the tale of the persecuted heroine continues to touch hearts and capture imaginations. Found in places as far flung as Korea to Italy, the story celebrates a pure heart and the life-altering power of a new dress. While the details may change, the broad strokes remain the same: There’s a wicked stepfamily, a magical transformation, a lost slipper (or some other talisman), and a handsome prince who goes on the hunt for love. As for the ending, well, you know how these things go.
The Mariinsky Ballet, as part of their three-program engagement at BAM, present Alexei Ratmansky's 2002 version of “Cinderella,” which, according to the program notes, takes place in the 1930s. In reality, the production features a zesty pastiche of influences including folk dancing and old school jazz. MC Hammer pants and the Running Man make notable appearances.
Ratmansky tries valiantly to transcend...
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