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Total duration 2 h 40 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
15 performances
23.11.2018 – 22.12.2018
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-119 €

See it before the spell is broken!

The darkest months of this year will be lit up by magic as the enchanting Cinderella steps onstage. The familiar folk tale of Cinderella, oppressed by her unkindly stepmother and stepsisters, is now transformed into a ballet for the entire family. From the Fairy Godmother to the pumpkin carriage, all the key elements will be there. The beautiful ballet choreography guarantees a fabulous visual feast for children and adults alike. Cinderella is ideal for a child’s first venture into the world of ballet.

Recommended for children over the age of 5.

Cinderella

The esteemed ballet in brand new clothes

The highly esteemed, seasoned British choreographer David Bintley originally created Cinderella for the Birmingham Royal Ballet in Britain in 2010. In Britain, Bintley’s name has become synonymous for quality ballet performances. The audience fell in love with his Cinderella, which won him the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in 2011, among other accolades.

The version to be seen at the Finnish National Ballet has been updated with glorious new sets and costumes. Bintley has also revised the choreography to include young dancers from the FNB Ballet School. Like most ballets of Cinderella, it is danced to the magical music of Sergei Prokofiev.

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Cinderella

“Cinderella should not be overshadowed by her stepsisters. In my version the sisters are danced by women rather than men, like usually. My aim is to make the sisters realistic, though exaggerated.”

– Choreographer David Bintley

Synopsis

Ever since her mother’s death, Cinderella has been brought up by a cruel stepmother who has two daughters. After her father also dies, her life becomes truly miserable. She must serve her stepmother and sisters and live in a dirty kitchen corner. Her only treasure is a pair of her mother’s beautiful old dancing shoes.

A huge party is planned in the city to find a bride for the Prince. While the stepsisters are getting ready, Cinderella meets an old homeless woman in the basement and helps her with the little that she has. To warm her bare feet, she even gives away her mother’s dancing shoes. The woman turns out to be a fairy who conjures a fabulous dress for Cinderella and servants to escort her to the party.

The party is full of charming maidens, but none of them can win the Prince’s heart. Once Cinderella arrives, the Prince is immediately fascinated by her and dances with her all night. At midnight, however, the spell is broken. Cinderella’s clothes turn into rags and her carriage becomes a pumpkin again. As Cinderella runs out of the castle, one of her dancing shoes falls off.

The next day the Prince attempts to find the owner of the shoe. Cinderella’s stepsisters also try it on in vain. In the end, Cinderella plucks up the courage to come out and meet the Prince. She puts on the shoe with ease, and the two avow eternal love for each other.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

A captivating ballet of the fantastic fairy tale

Cinderella

The enchanting sets and costumes of Cinderella have been designed by Emma Ryott.

Creative team

Choreography
David Bintley
Music
Sergei Prokofjev
Sets, costumes
Emma Ryott
Lighting design
Mark Jonathan

Cast

Cinderella's father
Sampo Kivelä

Performances and tickets

2 h 40 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
15 performances
23.11.2018 – 22.12.2018
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
15-119 €
Wed 19.12.2018
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
only few left
Sat 22.12.2018
at 14:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Sat 22.12.2018
at 18:00
Päänäyttämö
sold out
Fri 23.11.2018
at 19:00
Sat 24.11.2018
at 14:00
Wed 28.11.2018
at 12:00
Thu 29.11.2018
at 19:00
Fri 30.11.2018
at 19:00
Wed 5.12.2018
at 19:30
Sat 8.12.2018
at 14:00
Sat 8.12.2018
at 18:00
Tue 11.12.2018
at 19:00
Wed 12.12.2018
at 19:00
Sat 15.12.2018
at 14:00
Sat 15.12.2018
at 18:00

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Afternoon Tea

Sweet and savoury treats

Choose your favourite refreshments from this season’s tasty menu. You can easily add refreshments to your shopping basket while selecting tickets in our new online store.

The services of the Opera Restaurant are available before performances and during the interval. Order beforehand and avoid the queues.

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A taste of Christmas at the Opera

Celebrate Christmas at the Opera House! A sumptuous and delicious festive buffet will be laid out in the Main Foyer from 17 to 21 December from 5.30 p.m.

You can pre-order the Christmas buffet in the online store of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. Online sales end 45 minutes before the evening’s performance. Until 4 p.m. on the day of performance, pre-orders are also accepted via our telephone service or the Opera House customer service desk.

We hope you enjoy our festive feast!

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