Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a beautiful avant garde theatrical dance production with an inspired twist on a classic fairy tale
For years I’ve heard theater buff’s rave about the spectacular Matthew Bourne dance productions and last week, I finally had the pleasure of seeing what all the fuss is about and I have to say that it is well worth the praise that it garners. Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at the Ahmanson Theatre in DTLA is a brilliant re-imagined interpretation of the iconic fairy tale told through spectacular dancing and acting, with mesmerizing choreography, vivid theatrical storytelling, and stunning award-winning scenic and costume designs. Without any spoken dialogue, it is a feast for the senses and it stirs you to the core, I was absolutely blown away by this ethereal production and I can’t wait to see what he does next!
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella performed to Prokofiev’s magnificent score, is a magical retelling of the well-known love story that takes place in London during World War 2. In Matthew Bourne’s version, Prince Charming is a war torn pilot who has a chance encounter with mousy housemaid Cinderella, and later they have a chance to reunite for one magical night of dancing, romance and falling in love before being parted at midnight by the Blitz.
Words do not even begin to do justice to this incredibly inspired ethereal production that transports you to another realm. The quality of dancing is spectacular and the nuanced acting it totally brilliant. While the entire ensemble of Cinderella was brilliant, my favorite characters were the fairy godmother and the evil stepmother.
In Matthew Bourne’s World, the fairy godmother is portrayed by a male, who is a vision in white and dances as light as air, I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. And as many of you know, I always love a good evil queen, and Cinderella’s stepmother channeling Norma Desmond ala Sunset Boulevard is superb!
Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is one of the best shows that I have seen in a long time and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Leap, don’t walk to the Ahmanson in DTLA to see this spectacular production by March 10, 2019, it is not to be missed!