The story of Cinderella is such a well-known classic which passed down to generations. These scenes of splendor not only impressed the prince but also delighted the princess dreams of girls.
"Cinderella" was first made into the ballet production at 1815, and the Cinderella ballet music that we often hear was wrote by the Russian composer Sergey Sergeyevich Prokofiev at 1944. From then on, artists around the world were creating the Cinderella production all around his music edition. However, there was still no original production of Cinderella at China.
All these ballet productions of Cinderella were also famed just like the original fairy tale. This time, a brand new Cinderella production would be brought to you by our Suzhou Ballet Theatre. Our audience would not only be entertained by the facetious performance also would be touched by the purity and innocent beauty of Cinderella. The expressionistic scenery is impressive and the costume all would definitely delight your childhood. This ballet production of Cinderella is going to be the FIRST original production in China.
Chinese Ballet still needs more original productions. It does not only include using ballet to tell the Chinese stories. Using Chinese ballet to tell the Western stories is our creativity which challenge and present the western traditions in the other way of splendor. By using the contrast which put both cultures at the same level to stimulate the development of Chinese Ballet is the goal that we followed by years, and is also the honor and trust that our audience brought to us!
That was the night that Cinderella would never forget: her mother told her that she is going somewhere far faraway. Over there is a pure crystal world. ‘When you miss mama, just look at the brightest star; it is mother over there. And remember, you need to grow up to a brave and kind-hearted girl.’That was her mother’s last tone.
Cinderella’s father married a woman who has two daughter of her own. Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters are treated her as their servant. One day, they received a letter from the palace. It’s an invitation to the Prince’s Royal Ball. Three of them are very excited about it.
Cinderella’s stepmother asked the famous hairdresser, costume designer and ballet master come to their house to dress up her and two daughters. After all, the stepmother took her two daughters to the Royal Ball, leaving Cinderella along at home.
An old homeless woman beggar comes to the door. She asks Cinderella for some warm water, when Cinderella is bringing to her some, her evil stepmother and sisters try to rout out the old woman. The old woman blessed Cinderella and left.When Cinderella was dreaming about to dance with the Prince at the Royal Ball, the old woman appears again. She magically transforms into a fairy Godmother, and brings season fairies and dragonfly elves dance with her. Together, they transform Cinderella to a beautiful princess. The fairy Godmother tells Cinderella to go to the ball, but must back before the midnight.
Before the Royal Ball, Prince and his best friends are dreaming who will be the most beautiful girl at the Royal Ball, will the prince find his true love? At the Royal Ball, Cinderella’s step-family and all the guests arrived. The stepsisters try to get the Prince’s attention. While Cinderella steps foot into the Ball Room the Prince is immediately captivated by her beauty, but nobody knows who the mysterious girl is. Cinderella and the Prince dance the night away causing Cinderella almost forget about her midnight deadline. As the clock starts to chime, she realizes she must go before her clothes turn to rags. She quickly leaves without explanation and in her hurry, leaves one of her Diamonds Point shoes behind on the floor. The Prince’s friend found the Diamonds Point shoe and returns it to the Prince.
Everything retuned. In the morning, Cinderella started another day of work, yet the splendor of yesterday was still likely around her. But her daydreams quickly fade when Cinderella’s stepmother and sisters back home. They kept showing off the ball, and remindsCinderella of the beautiful time.
At the same time, Prince was carrying her shoe and looking for the beautiful girl all around the world. Yet none of the girls fit the shoe.
When the Prince arrived at Cinderella’s house he was greeted by the obnoxious stepsisters. The stepsisters tried on the Diamonds Point shoe, but it did not fit at all. At this moment, Cinderella’s Diamonds Point shoe magically dropped to the floor in front of Prince. The Prince finally found his true love.
At the same time, a light broke in upon her stepmother and two sisters, they felt such a shame. Yet kind Cinderella forgave everything they did. Finally, with the blessing of the whole family, she left with the prince.
Under the brightest star, Cinderella and Prince danced together.She finally realized why the Crystal shoes didn’t disappear. That was the bless from her mother above.
Suzhou Ballet Theatre was established in 2007, Led by artistic directors Ying Li and Jiabin Pan. The company members come from major ballet companies and Dance Academies in China. Suzhou Ballet Theatre is an energetic and vibrant Ballet group in China.
The company has performed variety works from classic, contemporary to modern. Two artistic directors have created most of works since the company was established.
In 2010, a Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet, which sets itself apart from other versions in the world, and performed at Taiwan for the first time ever. In 2011, the Company chose Coppelia as its annual production, which displays the creative and innovative characteristics of the Company. In 2012, the Company created Legend of Beauty, which portrays a legacy intertwined with affection and hatred, romance and conflicts based on Chinese culture during the historical background of Wu-Yue hegemony. A special breeziness mice version of The Nutcracker was created and performed in 2013. In 2014, the Company produced a new version of Carmen to give the Ballet a modern interpretation while maintaining the dynamic, exciting plot of original. In 2016, the new production of Cinderella with innovation and creative way also told the classic story to Suzhou's audiences.
The Company has received a respected national and international reputation. In March and June 2012, the Company successfully performed its Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet at National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and Shanghai Grand Theatre. In 2014, the Company's Legend of Beauty became the funded recipient of China National Endowment for the Arts. Carmen was invited to perform at the XXII international Opera Festival in Nova Opera in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2015. In 2016, the Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet's tour across Europe also became the funded recipient of China National Endowment for the Arts. At the same year the productions of Legend of Beauty was invited to perform at Singapore, and the other production The Nutcracker was invited to Qatar and Bahrain Kingdom.
Under the leadership and guidance of its artistic directors - Ying Li and Jiabin Pan, Suzhou Ballet Theatre quickly develops into one of the most renowned ballet company in China. As one Chinese dance critic stated, "Suzhou Ballet Theatre will become a significant driving force for ballet's growth and development in China."
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