Queensland Ballet presents Cinderella

March 14, 2013

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Queensland Ballet presents Cinderella

Australian première of  Ben Stevenson’s world-acclaimed ballet

Dancers Rachael Walsh and Yu Hui. Photography & Art Direction Alexia Sinclair

Dancers Rachael Walsh and Yu Hui. Photography & Art Direction Alexia Sinclair

Queensland Ballet’s first mainstage season under new Artistic Director Li Cunxin’s tenure will be a brand new production of Ben Stevenson’s acclaimed Cinderella.   This charming, humourous and blissfully romantic production will have its Australian première in Brisbane on Friday 5 April at the Playhouse,Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Cinderella is one of the most popular and well known ballets in the classical repertoire. Stevenson choreographed Cinderella in 1970 for the National Ballet of Washington D.C. It has since been performed by many companies across the globe and is widely acknowledged as one of the best  productions in the world.

Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s expressive music, this  beautiful classical ballet has been danced by some of the most famous ballerinas of our time, including Margot Fonteyn.

Artistic Director Li Cunxin comments: “I have selected   some of the world’s best classical and contemporary ballets from around the   world for 2013, and Cinderella   holds a special place in my heart.

“Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella was one of the first ballets that I saw when I went to the West. I had tears in my eyes as I watched it – not only is the music beautiful, but the story  is full of magic and joy. Fairytales embody the hopes of people – I want audiences to leave the theatre feeling uplifted, and that they have experienced something magical and extraordinary.”

Cinderella is a special reunion for Li Cunxin and Ben Stevenson. As Artistic Director of Houston Ballet, Stevenson visited Beijing in 1978 and offered Li a six-week scholarship to America, and subsequently offered him a Soloist position with the Company. Li performed Cinderella four times during his time at Houston Ballet.

The ballet is being staged by Tim O’Keefe (Associate Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater) and Ben Stevenson (currently Artistic Director or Texas Ballet Theater). “To have Ben who created the ballet, and Tim who is so familiar with this work, here to mount the production and work with our dancers in the studio is a great privilege,” Li comments.

Li has engaged a talented creative team to deliver his and Stevenson’s vision. Exquisite new sets and costumes have been designed especially for this production by leading New Zealand Costume Designer Tracy-Grant Lord and US-based Set Designer Tom Boyd. Lighting Designer David   Walters’s beautiful lighting will bring the opulent costumes and set to life.

Prokovfiev’s moving score will be performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Queensland Ballet’s Music Director Andrew Mogrelia.

“I want everyone to come and see Cinderella – not only will audiences experience a world-class performance with the highest production values, they will experience the artistry of our talented ensemble of dancers.”

Be enchanted by Cinderella’s fairytale this Easter from   5 – 20 April, at the Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre


Choreographer Ben Stevenson OBE (Artistic Director of Texas Ballet / former Artistic Director of Houston Ballet)

Staged by
Tim O’Keefe

Costume Designer
Tracy-Grant Lord

Set Designer
Tom Boyd

Lighting Designer
David Walters

With the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Moreglia (Queensland Ballet Music Director)

Sergei Prokovfiev


Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Dates: 5 – 20 April, 2013

Friday 5 April, 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Saturday 6 April, 1.30pm SOLD OUT & 7.30pm
Tuesday 9 April, 6.30pm
Wednesday 10 April, 1.30pm
Thursday 11 April, 7.30pm
Friday 12 April, 7.30pm
Saturday 13 April, 1.30pm SOLD OUT & 7.30pm
Tuesday 16 April, 6.30pm
Thursday 18 April, 7.30pm
Friday 19 April, 7.30pm
Saturday 20 April, 1.30pm SOLD OUT & 7.30pm

(14 performances)

This production is generously supported by Valerie Ryan.

Casting will be announced nightly.

Public Programs

Information Evening

Wednesday 27 March

Season Ticket Holders are exclusively invited to attend an Information Evening held at the Sofitel Brisbane on Wednesday 27 March.   Season Ticket Holders will hear from Li Cunxin, Ben Stevenson, other  creatives and dancers about the journey of bringing Cinderella to the stage.

For information about how to become a Season Ticket Holder click here.

Pre-Performance Company Class

Saturday 6, 13, 20 April

Saturday matinee ticket holders are invited to join our   dancers in the theatre from 12 noon to watch as they warm-up in Company Class, prior to taking the stage. Please click here for more information.

Post-Performance Q&A

Tuesday 9 and 16 April

Patrons attending the 6.30pm performance of Cinderella on Tuesday 9 or 16 April, are invited to stay afterwards for a special Q&A with Artistic Director Li Cunxin and some of the creative people who’ve made sure Cinderella went to the ball. Please click here for more information.

Fairy Godmother   storytelling

Audiences can enjoy Fairy Godmother storytelling in the foyers before each performance (excluding Opening Night).

The story

A royal palace, a glittering gown, dancing with a handsome Prince in a candlelit ballroom, such fanciful dreams were only in Cinderella’s imagination. But thanks to her Fairy Godmother, the life of hardship is magically transformed.

Making a dazzling entrance to the royal ball, she captures the attention of all and the heart of the Prince. Yet this beautiful dream must end at midnight, and in her haste to depart, she leaves one  jewelled slipper behind.

History of Cinderella

It is estimated that there are over 1,500 versions of Cinderella in cultures   around the world. The best known version in Western cultures appeared in a   collection of tales written by Charles Perrault in 1697.

The earliest known ballet was presented in 1913 in Vienna. Many ballets have been choreographed on this tale, but one of the most staged productions is Ben Stevenson’s.


Sergei Prokovfiev was commissioned to write Cinderella by the Kirov Ballet in 1940, following the great success of Romeo and Juliet. Prokovfiev’s composition was interrupted by the outbreak of war between USSR and Germany. He returned to Cinderella  in 1943 and completed the score in 1944. The first performance took place at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, on November 21, 1945.

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