Liisa Hämäläinen ©AB
Liisa Hämäläinen ©AB

Cinderella

J-Ch. Maillot

Cinderella is not simply a character from a fairy tale, Proko ev said, but also a human being, who feels, lives and whose fate moves us. With this essentially human vision, Jean-Christophe Maillot plays on the wonderful and natural to deploy this great picture-book with hints of the familiar and strange. Guided by the memory of her mother, Cinderella makes her journey in search of a true love among the tragic excesses of a court with a sophisticated aesthetic. The choreographer seizes on the theme, an obsession for humankind, of the recognition of one’s true love - an essential key in understanding Jean-Christophe Maillot’s narration. Not just Cinderella, but also Romeo and Juliet, the white and black swans and even more recently Katharina and Petruchio... all of whom see a cartload of calamities rain down on them when it comes to nding their true love. But do the Pas de Deux created by Jean-Christophe Maillot, each more sensual than the last, not show us that in the end, nothing is worth more effort?


Choreography: Jean-Christophe Maillot
Music: Serge Prokofiev
Scenography: Ernest Pignon-Ernest
Costumes: Jérôme Kaplan
Lighting: Dominique Drillot
Premiere held on April 3rd 1999, Salle Garnier Opéra de Monte-Carlo