Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
zxDaveM

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella, Winter 2017 & Spring 2018

Recommended Posts

Foteini Christofilopoulou was at the dress rehearsal for Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Sadlers Wells, December 2017.

Here are some photos:

 

25239527168_2a952d8851_z.jpg
Ashley Shaw, Dominic North
© Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr

 

39106062961_d930357d7a_z.jpg
Ashley Shaw, Dominic North
© Foteini Christofilopoulou. Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr

 

See more... 

Set from DanceTabs: Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella
Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr

  • Like 8

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Beautiful photographs, thank you-have just booked to see this at Milton Keynes. I was a bit undecided as I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the concept but having seen it on TV today, I thought the wartime London setting really worked and added really fascinating layers to the story- as well as wanting to see the production live as I know my smallish TV screen didn't do it anywhere near justice.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmm, I really struggled with this.  What was it meant to be?  Its not a musical and if its a dance programme, then there is too little dance in it.  The non-dance sections really dragged for me.  Disappointed.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was surprised how dark this Cinderella was, too dark for my taste, particularly Cinderella's pervert brother and some of the hospital scenes, and I agree that there was very little dance content, the best and longest was the bedroom pdd near the end of the second act, that was superb.

 

The designs were marvellous however, especially the depiction of wartime London, and loved the Prince's journey through the Underground looking for Cinderella, think it must look and sound much better in the theatre, please tell us what you think when you see it pianolady. Thank goodness for Frederick Ashton's version, he seems the only person able to bring out the beauty of the music.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Didn't enjoy it one little bit. Got horribly muddled with who everyone was, choreography was far too repetitive, perfectly well danced but that's as far as it went.  Sets and effects were terrific, for me the best thing about it. The inclusion of the scenes and music for where the Prince is looking for Cinderella made me wish that Ashton had choreographed this section. Wonder why it was omitted?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I believe that the explanation that Ashton gave for omitting that section of the score was that he did not like the music or the countries which the prince visited. Having heard the music in the context of balletic versions which included the prince's travels in search of Cinderella I have considerable sympathy for his opinion of the music. It is not particularly varied or inspired. If Ashton had retained the music he would have had to produce choreography for it which presumably would have been equally uninspired and unvaried.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
11 hours ago, ninamargaret said:

Didn't enjoy it one little bit. Got horribly muddled with who everyone was, choreography was far too repetitive, perfectly well danced but that's as far as it went.  Sets and effects were terrific, for me the best thing about it. The inclusion of the scenes and music for where the Prince is looking for Cinderella made me wish that Ashton had choreographed this section. Wonder why it was omitted?

DD and I had been really looking forward to watching on the goggle box as she has friends performing in it, but we were underwhelmed too. Agree about the sets, but they weren't really seen to the best effect on TV.  There wasn't any stand-out choreography (formulaic according to dd who knows far more than I do) and the whole thing was rather dark and depressing. We didn't like the pervy shoe fetish character either!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For me, the dance content was slightly better than I'd anticipated. Liked the bedroom pas de deux the best. So far I've never been overwhelmed by Bourne's choregroaphy and  now I don't watch expecting that I will be but I enjoy the dancing and I think the dancers do a good job with the material they have. I do enjoy his take on different themes and the production side of his shows and I'm looking forward to seeing this closer at hand.

 

I think that Matthew Bourne has done a great deal in terms of popularizing dance and it's great to see such well-attended performances at our local theatre- but- there is still a part of me that just can't quite get to grips with his popularity and the full theatre compared to recent performances by Northern Ballet (well attended but not a sell-out) and ENB when it isn't Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty. He has very astutely cornered a particular market which is really interesting in itself.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw this with three teenagers last night. It took a while to get going and I began to wonder if we were going to see any dance at all in the first scene in the house. As my daughter said, there seemed to be endless invitations to the 'ball' (dance in the Cafe de Paris). The narrative is a bit confusing - it seems to go backwards and forwards - but, as everyone (I think) knows the Cinderella story, this doesn't really matter. There are some longueurs, to fill the Prokoviev score, but, overall, it's a very entertaining and clever production with incredible sets and lighting. The Second World War setting is inspired. The best parts of the choreography (for me) were Cinderella's dance with the mannequin which morphs into the object of her affections, Harry, the pdd in the bedroom and the dance for the 'heroes' at the Cafe de Paris. 

 

At the theatre there were large adverts for Matthew Bourne's offering for next Christmas: Swan Lake.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I thought it was a bit muddled as well.  I have to confess the music for Cinderella is not my favourite, and not having read anything about it beforehand,  I was a bit miffed to find there was no live orchestra.  I thought the last act seemed to go on and on and on.....I quite enjoyed most of it, but I wouldn't rush to see it again.  

 

On the other hand, his Swan Lake is one of my favourite versions, and one that I shall certainly be booking to see for about the 4th time. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm not sure whether I shall be able to bring myself to watch it again yet: my last performance was with Jonathan Ollivier, and it's still painful :(

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I attended the opening performance at Liverpool Empire last night and thoroughly enjoyed this different interpretation of Cinderella once again.  It's been a few years since I last saw it, so it was like seeing it for the first time again.  Dominic North played the dashing pilot and Ashley Shaw the lead role of Cinderella complemented by Liam Mower as the Angel.   Madelaine Brennan danced Sybil, The Step Mother, and looked like she was having ball with the part!  She was really good.  The whole cast danced with enthusiasm and I really enjoyed all the cheeky nuances throughout.  A lot of the moves are what I call typical Matthew Bourne moves - the way the dancers hold their hands and make certain gestures, but you can see classical ballet moves shining through in the movements.  The pdd in Act 2 was lovely and the 40's era dances in the nightclub were great. I really enjoyed the 1940's dance that the dancers performed to end the night and it left you feeling on a high!  Before that though, I was actually moved to tears at the end of Act 3 which doesn't happen very often but the acting combined with the music just hit that nerve.  To top off a great night the wonderful Alan Vincent was dancing - he played 3 roles last night - Cinderella's Father, the nightclub compere/singer and a tea stallholder I was thrilled to see Alan on stage again after seeing him many times in the past - in fact he danced the Swan/Stranger the very first time I saw Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake which will be staged again later this year. 

The sets and costumes were good and I especially loved Cinderella's beautiful white evening gown complete with silver sequins and the Step Mothers long black dress with velvet bodice and lace top trim.

I can see why some people have commented they way they have above but overall this is more of a show than a ballet.  Matthew Bourne dance has it's own unique style and is like a cross between classical ballet, modern dance and Broadway style show- it's a dance fusion but it works and that is the secret of its success.  

My only complaint from last night was that the piped music was way too loud so my ear plugs were deployed and it was fine from then on, plus the audience was rather well behaved and not quite so munch-y and rustle-y as most times I have been to my local The Liverpool Empire!  Considering I got my tickets on offer of half price (see forum Tickets section) as the production was not selling very well, I certainly got huge value for my £19.50 and from my favourite seat!!

Some photos from the curtain call:-

DagoVFUXUAAZime.jpg

Liam Mower, Ashley Shaw, Dominic North

DagoVFaW4AAaFb7.jpg

The 3 leads again - so happy Ashley put her glamorous dress on again!

DagoVFaX4AAeSU2.jpg

Very kindly applauding the audience - here you can see Madelaine Brennan far right as well.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For anyone in the London area, this is on at the New Wimbledon Theatre this week.  I was considering going - but then I looked at the ticket prices and am having second thoughts.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I saw this at the local cinema (recorded) last night.

I agree with all the "painful, muddled, dark, depressing" etc. comments above.

I couldn't feel empathy for the roles - they were caricatures rather than developed characters, and mostly  unnecessary and  unappealing caricatures at that.

Much of  the choreography (when there was actual dancing)  seemed more akin to Cinderella the pantomine than Cinderella the ballet. But unfunny pantomine- highly over-acted and clichéd.

I couldn't  get what sort of person Cinderella is meant to be in this production. I suspect this is much more the fault of the production itself, rather than Ashley Shaw, who looks very talented. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

×