“That is the point of contemporary ballet,” Djuric comments. “To bring it closer to the life of today.”
Plotnikov also gives characters and scenes unexpected humor: Autumn almost whacks the other fairies with her golf club; one stepsister struts and sashays; the ensemble members fall to their knees and cover their eyes, as they watch the silly stepsisters.
But the production also has a heartfelt theme and a poignancy that come out in the final pas de deux. The dancers’ movements seem to indicate that Cinderella and the Prince are a bit awkward at rediscovering each other, and even that Cinderella is ambivalent about a lasting commitment.
In Djuric’s view, “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Every one of us has a piece of the puzzle that can fit, if one day we find that someone special. And when you do, you follow that someone to the end of the world.”
He also notes: “Sometimes you need to see a production more than once to see the different things that are there.” Here’s your chance.
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