© 2013 European Ballet Company
The room seems to dissolve as the Fairy Godmother magically transforms it into a realm of fantasy. Fairy elements -
Act II (in three scenes)
Scene 1 -
Scene 2 -
Serge Prokofiev’s magical music is widely regarded as one of the most important scores written for classical ballet in the twentieth century. The ballet Cinderella has been staged many times. The Soviet ballet production (the Russian title for Cinderella is Zolushka), with choreography by R. Zakharov to Prokofiev’s score, held its premiere at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow in January 1945.
In this act we are introduced to the drab Cinderella, dreaming of better days, obeying the orders of her ugly Stepsisters, dancing gracefully with a broom. Further on, the ugly Stepsisters fight over a scarf, scorn a begging hag (to whom Cinderella gives a few coins), prepare themselves in finery for the ball, and under the direction of a dancing teacher, engage in a hilarious sequence of attempts to master dance steps and party etiquette. With the departure of the Stepsisters, the hag returns and reveals herself to Cinderella as the Fairy Godmother.
Scene 3 -
The Prince enters with his escort. The slipper fails to fit the ugly Stepsisters, and when it slips easily on to the foot of Cinderella, the Prince declares that she shall be his wife. The girl forgives her Stepsisters for their cruelty. After the dancing, the young lovers put on cloaks to depart away to happiness.