A Magical Experience
Christopher Wheeldon—of An American in Paris fame—updates the timeless tale of Cinderella with stunning style, charming twists, and mesmerizing visual effects. This ballet leaves behind the fairy godmother and talking mice in favor of a delightfully human story with a hopeful heroine, a noble prince, tiny feet, and ill-fitting shoes. Set to the gorgeous score by Sergei Prokofiev with colorful sets and costumes by Julian Crouch, magical projections by Daniel Brodie, and breathtaking puppetry designed by Basil Twist, Wheeldon’s Cinderella is a fairy tale for our time.
“An utterly exquisite production. Funny and breathtakingly magical and tender.”
—The Washington Post
Cinderella© by Christopher Wheeldon
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Total run time: 2 hours and 31 minutes, including one 20 and one 15 minute intermission
*Denotes role debut in current production
‡Denotes role debut at San Francisco Ballet
†Denotes debut in current production
BEHIND THE SCENES
Get to know choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and his process in reimagining one of the most familiar of fairy tales.
About Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella — READ & LISTEN
Creating Cinderella — READ & WATCH
Cinderella Ultimate Guide — READ
Who’s Who in Wheeldon’s Cinderella — READ
Designing Cinderella’s Ball Gown — READ
The Price of Attending the Ball: What It Takes to Transform into Cinderella — READ
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 McCullagh
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
Cinderella© is a co-production of San Francisco Ballet and Dutch National Ballet.
The 2013 SF Ballet premiere of Cinderella was made possible by New Productions Fund Lead Sponsors Mrs. Jeannik Méquet Littlefield, and Mr. and Mrs. John S. Osterweis; Major Sponsors Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation, and Larry and Joyce Stupski; and Sponsors Richard C. Barker, Christine H. Russell Fund of the Columbia Foundation, Suzy Kellems Dominik, Stephanie Barlage Ejabat, Gaia Fund, The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Cecilia and Jim Herbert, and Diane B. Wilsey.