Frances Chung in Wheeldon's Cinderella© // © Erik Tomasson




Christopher Wheeldon—of An American in Paris fame—transforms the timeless tale of Cinderella with stunning style, charming twists, mesmerizing visual effects. This magical ballet leaves behind the fairy godmother and talking mice in favor of a delightfully human story with a hopeful heroine, a noble prince, and magical elements such as an enormous billowing tree, whimsical creatures, and a carriage whose magical creation onstage will take your breath away. Set to the gorgeous score by Sergei Prokofiev, Wheeldon’s Cinderella is a fairy tale for our time.

MAR 31–APR 8

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Assistant to the Choreographer: Jacquelin Barrett
Libretto: Craig Lucas

Scenic and Costume Design: Julian Crouch
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Tree and Carriage Sequence Direction/Design: Basil Twist
Projection Design: Daniel Brodie
Scenic Associate: Frank McCullough

Cinderella© by Christopher Wheeldon

World Premiere: December 13, 2012—Dutch National Ballet, Het Muziektheater; Amsterdam, Netherlands
U.S. Premiere: May 3, 2013—San Francisco Ballet, War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

Music: Cinderella, Op. 87 by Sergei Prokofiev, used by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc., publisher and copyright owner. Masks constructed by Julian Crouch. Projection Programmer, Patrick Southern. Scenic construction by Het Muziektheater Scenic and Paint Shop. Special thanks to Oliver Haller, Head of Costume Department for Dutch National Ballet. Costume construction by Das Gewand, Maßschneiderei Rainer Schoppe, Lowland Tailors, Sacha Keir and Phil Reynolds, Kim Schouten, Esther Datema, Bert Nuhaan, and Klaus Schreck.

Cinderella is a co-production of San Francisco Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.