Queensland Ballet’s 2018 Cinderella stirred oohs and ahhs amongst the packed matinee in the Lyric Theatre this Spring.
Choreographed by English ballet dancer and artistic director Ben Stevenson OBE and under the artistic direction of their own Li Cunxin, Queensland Ballet’s performance of the iconic fairy tale Cinderella was breathtaking.
The performance captivated adults with its classic romance and whimsical costumes (by Winston Churchill Fellow Tracy Grant Lord) including an eye catching tiara, a flowing pastel pink cape, royal navy suits with gleaming golden trim and soft feathered hats to compliment the shimmering golden pumpkin carriage.
Horses trotted across the stage gracefully and the two stepsisters (performed by David Power and Ari Thompson) pulled at their gowns, tripped up stairs, sulked over oranges and showed off ankle length bloomers to create laughter amongst the children in the audience, who sported their own pink tutu’s.
While the presence of the fairy godmother and the glorious glitter that sprinkled onto the stage created a magnificent picture-perfect scene, act two was a favourite amongst the crowd in Brisbane as the stage was transformed into the magical royal palace and the beautiful Cinderella (starring the stunning Yanela Pinera) whisked away the prince (Joel Woellner) in front of her unaware stepsisters.
Coming this October, Brisbane will be delighted with a free performance of Swan Lake. Those who miss out on tickets can still catch the more modern Bespoke at the Powerhouse and the annual not to be missed The Nutcracker – a tradition many will keep for years to come.
Images by Queensland Ballet
Details: Cinderella by Queensland Ballet | Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre | 7 – 15 September 2018