Great Reviews for San Francisco Ballet’s Cinderella [Video]

San Francisco Ballet got great reviews from ballet critic Allan Ulrich. Yesterday SFB danced Christopher Wheeldon’s version of Cinderella.

Great Reviews for San Francisco Ballet’s Cinderella

What transfixes you about [the] setting of the Charles Perrault tale (a co-production with the Dutch National Ballet) is the fluid, often dazzling theatricality that captivates even before the curtain goes up. The swift transitions and seeming refusal to take a breath come close to exhausting you. The dozens of couples incessantly waltzing their way through Act 2 seem like an ode to hedonism.

The jaw-dropping finale to Act 1, thanks to genius puppeteer Basil Twist, has already earned its place in company history. The opening episode of Act 3, the search for the foot that fits that slipper, is a marvelous visual gag. An ironic tone pervades those ballroom couples rocking on their heels, while those three foreign princesses make you shudder at thoughts of another “Swan Lake” divertissement.

The SFGate wrote: “Simply wonderful.”

Read full review at San Francisco Gate online.

Great Reviews for San Francisco Ballet’s Cinderella

The video below shows  excerpts of important moments in the ballet; from Cinderella dancing with “a quartet of Fates, young men with blue jerseys and gold masks who guide her destiny,” to her two very limber stepsisters and a final pas de deux with her prince at the ball. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of San Francisco Ballet on YouTube.

Great Reviews for San Francisco Ballet’s Cinderella

If you’re in the San Francisco area, make it a date to see this “thumbs up” production of Cinderella with amazing principals and cast of the San Francisco Ballet!

San Francisco Ballet, Program 4: Christopher Wheeldon’s “Cinderella,” through 2 p.m. March 23. $40-$340. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F. (415) 865-2000.

Allan Ulrich is The San Francisco Chronicle’s dance correspondent.


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