Cinderella by The Australian Ballet

After selling out in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, the Australian Ballet have brought the world’s most cherished Disney tale, Cinderella, to Brisbane – this time, with a marvelous intellectual and numerous twist.

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Choreographed by renowned Alexei Ratmansky, the performance adapted the romantic, whimsical and enchanted fairy tale to include a 1920’s cultural movement that aimed to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality,” Surrealism.

The cultured take on Cinderella was refreshing and unique to the Australian Ballet.

The performance saw Cinderella turn from rags to riches with a magnificent and creative dreamscape. Performed by Amber Scott, Cinderella took cruelty from her evil step-sisters who were clad head to toe in exaggerated bubble skirts and vintage fur trimmed coats.


Performed by Amy Harris, Ingrid Gow and Eloise Fryer, the step-mother and step-sisters achieved genuine wittiness that is difficult to pull off in any ballet.

Disguised in a 3/4 length ball gown that strongly resembles a vintage 1950’s gold shimmer and ivory organza Christian Dior wedding gown seen in Vogue, Cinderella was transported to the Prince’s ball by celestial bodies, replacing the tradition pumpkin coach.

The celestial costumes of sun, moon, stars and planets including Mars, Pluto and Saturn captivated the audience with their resemblance to Elsa Schiaparelli’s 1940’s designs.


Silver stars and a vibrant sun took inspiration from Schiaparelli’s feather stole collar while others from the universe showcased the fitted bodice as seen in Schiaparelli’s 1948 French, silk gown currently exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum.

Australia Ballet dancers illustrated incredible form and grace when referencing surrealist artworks including gradually melting similar to Salvador Dali’s infamous oil on canvas The Persistence of Memory.

The dancers were expressive, passionate and mesmerising with remarkable execution of the fact and fantasy that represents surrealism.

As the charming prince, performed by Ty King-Wall, searched intricate lands for the one who fit the glittering silver slipper, Cinderella’s step-family showed the exquisite and witty style of Italian-born French couturiere Elsa Schiaparelli with her Dali hat, again inspired by Salvador Dali.

The performance was further brought to life by Jerôme Kaplan’s vivid and imaginative designs which draw inspiration from the raw femininity of Dior, the sophistication and classic beauty of Italian fashion designer Schiaparelli’s work and the elegance of 1940s Hollywood.

Australia Ballet’s marvelous Cinderella was original, cultural, artistic and full of witty surprises, particularly appealing to those with an appreciation of art history, design and masterful fashion.

Feature image: Amber Scott and Ty King-Wall. Cinderella. Photo by Lynette Wills.

Eloise Fryer and Ben Davis in Cinderella. The Australian Ballet 2015. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Artists of The Australian Ballet in Cinderella, 2013. Photo by Jeff Busby.

Details: Australian Ballet Cinderella | Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre | 19 to 24 February 2016 | $39 – $179

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