Sunday, February 28, 2010

Bibbity Bobbity Boo!

Photo Credit Herbert Migdoll

The Joffrey Ballet

Cinderella: Victoria Jaiani
The Prince: Miguel Angel Blanco
Cinderella's Stepsisters: David Gombert, Michael Smith
The Fairy Godmother: April Daly
The Jester: Derrick Agnoletti

The Fairy Spring: Allison Walsh
The Fairy Summer: Christine Rocas
The Fairy Autumn: Amber Neumann
The Fairy Winter: Valerie Robin

Photo Credit Herbert Migdoll

As we headed to the theater last night Emma and I were fairly certain nothing the Joffrey Ballet would offer up could top their beautifully tragic production of Othello in October.
We were right, but the production of Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella we saw last night honestly came as close as anything could have. I felt wrapped up in the familiarity of the fairy tale and simply treasured the fact my daughter spent the better part of a beautiful evening at the ballet with her head resting on my shoulder as we watched a glittering gorgeous happily ever after.

It had been years since I had taken in a full length ballet that was filled with tutus, giant sets, and an honest to goodness corps de ballet of twinkling stars. The company is clearly gaining strength and, while the ballet was littered with lighthearted and welcomed humor, the dancers were technically sound and performing with a magical ease.
Victoria Jaiani embodied the childhood heroine, Cinderella, with a delicate combination of innocence and confidence. She is a pure ballerina and was more than deserving of each of her grand entrances.
The fairies of the four seasons were Emma's favorites of the evening...she was particularly enchanted with nineteen year old newcomer Amber Neumann as autumn and the sprightly and strong, Allison Walsh as spring.
We are already looking forward to Eclectica in May! I would urge anyone to purchase season tickets for the coming season.

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