Saturday, September 13, 2014

#Cinderella(DutchNationalBallet) Foreign Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2

#Cinderella(DutchNationalBallet) Foreign Hollywood Film Movie Review, Johnson Thomas, Rating: * * * 1/2
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#Cinderella(DutchNationalBallet) Rating: *  *  * ½ #ChristopherWheeldon’s enchanting take on the classic #Cinderella in Ballet form, recorded Live, has breathtaking set-design, almost seamless transitions and brilliant choreography.Not-to-be-missed one time release(Sept14,Sun,7pm) #PVRLive #GirishWankhede #AvianMedia #ChristopherWheeldon #SergieProkofiev #Anna Tsygankova #MathewGolding
Foreign Film review
Johnson Thomas                        
Amazing Beauty and Grace
Film: Cinderella(Ballet)
Cast: Anna Tsygankova, Mathew Golding, Nadia Yanowsky, Megan Zimmy Gray, Larissa Lezhnina
Director: Christopher Wheeldon

Rating: *  *  * ½


Releasing two days after it’s first foray(Queen-Hungarian Rhapsody), this PVR Live offering is meant for the art and culture aficionados. Showcasing in a one show event, Sun, Sept 14@7pm,  in 26 PVR screens across the country, this Christop[her Wheeldon, directed stage ballet performance is breathtaking in it’s scope and majesty- and no less because it’s been captured so efficiently on film. In fact the film experience captures the visual extravagance with great felicity- unfortunately the involvement is not complete. The problem lies with the medium though and not with the performance itself.
 This Ballet is an imaginative interpretation of a much-loved classic- Inspired by the original Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Cinderella.  Wheeldon’s take is different and has it’s own charm. He gives the characters renewed depth and complexity, through a dance form that is both passionate and artistic in it’s embodiment. Prokofiev's celebrated and colourful score is of course the point of reference for such a magnitude of perfection. The sets and costumes by the renowned designer Julian Crouch, supported by stunning stage effects, makes this digitally filmed staged production a truly magical experience. The original showing was premiered in December 2012 by Dutch National Ballet, and it earned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon the prestigious Benois de la Danse Prize, also known as the ‘Oscar of the dance’.

 

Christopher Wheeldon, one of the world's most sought-after choreographers, together with a team of international artists, makes his Cinderella a cinematic Ballet spectacle experience full of humor, virtuosic dance and enchantment. The enchantment isn’t in the choreography alone, but also in Julian Crouch’s astounding scenic and costume design.  One sequence in particularly( directed by the master puppeteer Basil Twist ) in which a tree is turned into a carriage, and Cinderella, seated atop with the silky train of her dress billowing behind her, is led by a team of puppet-headed horses that seem to be galloping straight toward the audience- is simply spell-binding.

The ballet, set to the Prokofiev score, begins with animated birds flying across with the lights bringing into focus a young Cinderella with her parents. Then comes her mother’s death from consumption. Later, Cinderella sobs over her grave; her tears produce a magical tree that fills the stage with it’s lush, green expanse. Once Cinderella achieves adulthood, the story is pretty much familiar. It’s the dance and the stunning visual enrapture that lends this performance it’s magic. Don’t miss it!


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