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Frederick Ashton’s legendary choreography of Sergei Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” on DVD at Opus Arte

There are countless choreographies of Sergei Prokofiev’s legendary ballet classic “Cinderella”. Among them, of course, are works such as Frederick Ashton’s celebrated 1969 choreography and staging, which itself has achieved cult status. Now the Opus Arte label is releasing this dreamlike and magical masterpiece by Ashton in historic colour photographs from that year. Frederick Ashton let himself be guided entirely by the locations and motifs of the fairy tale in his first full-length ballet for the Royal Opera House in London. To this day, the work is considered a prime example of Ashton’s choreographic mastery. Ballerina Antoinette Sibley shines as Cinderella and Anthony Dowell dances an almost exemplary Prince Charming in this version. Filmed in 1969 and broadcast on the BBC on Christmas Day 1970, the colour production has been carefully restored and digitised for this DVD. Imbued with the drama of Prokofiev’s opulent score, Anthony Twiner conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Antoinette Sibley (Cinderella), Anthony Dowell (the prince) 
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House 
Conductor: John Lanchbery
Opus Arte DVD OA1333D

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