ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET AND ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET SCHOOLPRESENT MY FIRST BALLET: CINDERELLA
Everyone’s favourite rags-to-riches story in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences of Cinderella. Cinderella is tormented by her spiteful stepsisters and she can only dream of attending the Prince’s glamorous ball. Abandoned to an evening of drudgery, Cinderella is visited by her Fairy Godmother who transforms her into a glittering Princess who shall go to the ball.
Prokofiev’s ravishing score is accompanied with narration to ensure that everyone enjoys this classic fairy tale. My First Cinderella is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet’s Associate Artist.
The My First Ballet series brings young audiences their first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. ENB2 features graduating dancers of outstanding potential from English National Ballet School in performances produced by English National Ballet.
Poor Cinderella is kept locked away by her wicked stepmother. Cinderella's stepsisters taunt Cinderella with an invitation to the Prince's ball. Everyone leaves to prepare for the ball except Cinderella. Suddenly the Fairy Godmother appears and takes Cinderella to where the fairies of the Four Seasons live. They dance with Cinderella before she is transformed into a glittering princess. The Fairy Godmother warns Cinderella that she must leave the ball by midnight or her dress will return to rags.
The stepsisters try to get the Princes' attention but are interrupted by the arrival of Cinderella. The Prince is captivated by this beautiful princess. They begin to dance until suddenly the clock strikes midnight. Cinderella rushes from the ball, losing one of her slippers. The Prince determines to find the mystery princess.
Both stepsisters arrive home and they show off to Cinderella. The stepmother interrupts announcing the arrival of the Prince. He offers the slipper to the two sisters who desperately try to make the slipper fit. The Prince notices Cinderella and offers the slipper to her - this time it fits! Cinderella and the Prince declare their love and they all live happily ever after.
The My First Ballet series by English National Ballet School and English National Ballet bring your children their first taste of the fantastical and magical world of ballet.
English National Ballet's Associate Artist, George Williamson has created the latest instalment in the My First ballets, with My First Ballet: Cinderella. This brand new production, of the classic fairy tale, will be brought to life especially for children 3+, giving children their first taste of classical ballet.
Especially created with this very young audience in mind, the plot of each ballet has been simplified, and the audience are guided through the story by a narrator, leaving no room for confusion amongst the young audience members. The narration has been incorporated sensitively around the score, introducing the ballet and providing narrative pointers at key stages. The production lasts approximately 1 hour 20 minutes (including an interval) and consist of two Acts. This will allow young children to be introduced to ballet in a practical and interesting way and encourage a desire to see more in the future.
This unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School looks to develop the dancers of the future - enabling students to gain vital skills by giving them the experience of working with a professional company. My First Ballet: Cinderella will also encourage a new, younger audience, inspiring long-term relationships with the art form and developing the audiences of tomorrow.
This is Williamson's second commission from English National Ballet and follows his Firebird which he created in 2012. Williamson is himself a graduate of English National Ballet School and knows all too well the importance of performance for a young dancer's experience. The My First Ballet: Cinderella tour will form part of the curriculum and assessment of these final year students.
George Williamson said: "I'm extremely excited about choreographing a brand new Cinderella for the My First series. It is so important to inspire younger audiences and have a specially created balletic world for them to fall in love with. I am also so pleased to be working with dancers from the English National Ballet School, helping them gain an understanding of what goes into being in a professional company. It's fantastic to be a part of that development."