Dance: You will go to the ball

After setting feathers flying with Swan Lake, Adventures in Motion Pictures dust off Cinderella's party dress and transport her to the world of the London Blitz

You often hear Cinderella erron-eously described as a 19th-century classic. The fairy-tale scenario and the three-act format cause it to be bracketed with Giselle, Don Quixote and the Tchaikovsky ballets. In fact, of course, the score wasn't completed until 1944 and the first ballet production dates from the Bolshoi's in 1945. British audiences are most familiar with Frederick Ashton's 1948 production, which combined the grandeur of classical ballet with the earthy humour of the British pantomime tradition. A decade ago, Rudolf Nureyev took a fresh look at the scenario with the Paris Opera Ballet and created a story set in Thirties Hollywood. Now, it is Matthew Bourne's turn with a production set during the Blitz.

Adventures in Motion Pictures' irreverent approach to Swan Lake last year attracted several talents from the world of ballet. Fiona Chadwick, deemed surplus to requirements by the Royal Ballet at the height of her powers, suddenly took on a new lease of life creating the role of Siegfried's mother. Adam Cooper, Covent Garden's perpetual bridesmaid, was catapulted into international stardom (of a sort) in the compelling role of the Swan. Suddenly the ballet world cottoned on to the idea that dancing with young Mr Bourne was not only great fun, it was a smart career move. Lynn Seymour, after a sensational run as Siegfried's mother in London, went on to take Los Angeles by storm during the company's sell-out season there.

Bourne's latest signing is the Royal Ballet's Sarah Wildor, a hugely promising dance actress. This fragile, faintly vulnerable, blonde will now lead the first cast of Bourne's wartime version. Her wicked stepmother will be Lynn Seymour and her hero will be Adam Cooper. Although we make a big fuss about the guests from the world of ballet, it should be remembered that the company would never have got where it is without their core talents.

Cinderella is previewing for 9 days from tonight, before opening at the Piccadilly Theatre (0171-369 1734) on the 7 Oct

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Graduate Web Developer

    £26000 - £33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Web Developer is required to ...

    Ashdown Group: PeopleSoft Developer - London - £45k

    £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: PeopleSoft Application Support & Development ...

    Ashdown Group: PHP Developer - Buckinghamshire - £29,000

    £25000 - £29000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Junior PHP Developer - Milton Keynes...

    Recruitment Genius: Online Sales & Marketing Assistant

    £22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This UK based B2C and B2B multi...

    Day In a Page

    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

    Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
    Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

    Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

    Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
    Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

    The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

    Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
    With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

    Money, corruption and drugs

    The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
    America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

    150 years after it was outlawed...

    ... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

    The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
    Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

    You won't believe your eyes

    Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
    Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

    The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
    War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

    Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
    Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

    Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

    The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
    A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

    It's not easy being Green

    After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
    Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

    Gorillas nearly missed

    BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
    Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

    The Downton Abbey effect

    Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
    China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

    China's wild panda numbers on the up

    New census reveals 17% since 2003