SLIPPER FITS POOR CORPS GIRL.SLIPPER FITS POOR CORPS GIRL ZURICH BALLET OPERA HOUSE ZURICH ZURICH, SWITZERLAND APRIL April: see month. 16, 2000
REVIEWED BY HORST KOEGLER
It seems rather strange that nobody has hit on the idea before: Namely, to turn Cinderella into a poor and wretched corps de ballet corps de bal·let
The dancers in a ballet troupe who perform as a group.
[French : corps, corps + de, of + ballet, ballet. girl in a provincial company, exploited and humiliated hu·mil·i·ate
tr.v. hu·mil·i·at·ed, hu·mil·i·at·ing, hu·mil·i·ates
To lower the pride, dignity, or self-respect of. See Synonyms at degrade. by the wicked ballet mistress bal´let` mis´tress
n. 1. a woman who trains ballet dancers.
Noun 1. ballet mistress - a woman who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company who favors her own two daughters--with the Good Fairy as a haggard rehearsal pianist. It is she, though, who becomes Cinderella's only intimate friend and who presents her with a pair of ballet slippers, thus enabling her to attend the benefit ballet gala. There the star ballerino becomes aware of her talents in spite of the attempts of the ballet mistress to direct his attention to her daughters. He recognizes her hidden ballerina potential, and when she vanishes at the stroke of midnight, losing one shoe, he starts his search for her by roaming the world's great ballet companies. First he goes to the Moscow Bolshoi, where Don Quixote is being performed; next to the Paris Opera The Paris Opéra may refer to:
A fabric with contrasting horizontal stripes.
[French bayadère, from Portuguese bailadeira, dancer, from bailar, to dance, from Late Latin , and finally to London, where The Royal Ballet is in the middle of a Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty
sleeps for 100 years. [Fr. Fairy Tale, The Sleeping Beauty]
See : Enchantment
enchanted heroine awakened from century of slumber by prince’s kiss. performance. One day he finds himself in a studio where Cinderella has given up any hope of a successful career. Now the happy end cannot be delayed: The shoe fits, and the ballerino has found his ideal partner.
This is the plot of Heinz Spoerli's Zurich Ballet Cinderella production, 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, the ballet's main sponsor was Switzerland's leading silk manufacturer. Lovingly conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, one of today's leading Russian music directors, it is lavishly choreographed by Spoerli, who makes the most of the purely classical sections of the drama, contrasting them efficiently with the en travesti grotesqueries of the ballet mistress and her spoiled daughters. He is brilliantly inventive in the character numbers, and also handles all the miniature solos and smaller ensembles, as well as the sweeping corps dances, with unerring un·err·ing
Committing no mistakes; consistently accurate.
un·erring·ly adv. panache and wonderful musical sensitivity. The only jarring moments happen during the ballerino's journey around the world, where Prokofiev's music badly fits the chosen passages from the Petipa classics. Otherwise, it is a dramatically cogent production.
Compliments go to the company: young, eager, nice-looking, well-disciplined and dancing with vigor (and without any sign of Swiss complacency), its boys bursting with unbridled energy. Though Jozef Varga as the ballet mistress and her supposed-daughters Nicolas Blanc and Kinsun Chan milk their travesti parts for all the belly laughs, their rich dancing communicates a good deal of tongue-in-cheekness; their humor has a certain Chaplinesque quality. Michael Revie, one of the company's technical whiz kids, contributes a devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. study of vain snobbishness as the ballet master. Alexandar Alexandrov, Jason Nicoll and Alister Noblet perform an outrageously dressed trio of oranges, while Karine Seneca manages to invest her modest part as the rehearsal pianist with warmly radiant humanity.
The two leads, though, are on loan from English National Ballet English National Ballet, founded in 1950 as the "Festival Ballet" inspired by the then imminent Festival of Britain, is one of the leading ballet companies in the United Kingdom founded by Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, with the financial backing of Polish impresario Julian (Spoerli occasionally likes to garnish his pieces with luminary guests, so earlier this season we had Ethan Stiefel appearing in the local production of Twyla Tharp's Push Comes to Shove): Agnes Oaks and Thomas Edur as Cinderella and--well, let us call him, matching her name--Splenderoso (Prince). She is as touching and vulnerable in rags as she is majestically radiant as the future ballerina assoluta of the still-to-be-founded Global Ballet; he, from his first entry in poor Cinderella's dream, is the born cavalier from the dancing branch of the Romanov dynasty.