Choreographer: Ben Stevenson
Composer: Sergei Prokofiev
Set Designer: Thomas Boyd
Lighting Designer: Tony Tucci
Costume Designer: Dominic Walsh
Rehearsal Director: LI Anlin (Guest)
World Premiere: The Washington Ballet, 1970
China Premiere: National Ballet of China, September 28th, 2018, Beijing Tianqiao Theatre
Producer/ Presenter: National Ballet of China
Chief Planner/ Managing Producer/ Artistic Director: FENG Ying
Stage Design Supervisor: ZHANG Bingzhi, ZHANG Jianhua
Deputy Producer of Set Design: WANG Duo
Deputy Producer of Lighting Design: LIU Zhao, HAN Song
Costume Supervisor: YUE Songshan
Make-up Supervisor: XU Bin
Répétiteurs: YU Bo, LIU Qi, YU Yang
Piano Accompanists: YIN Le, BAI Yijie, HUANG Xilun
Coordinators: QIN Xi, PENG Kejia
Presenter: National Ballet of China
Artistic Director: FENG Ying
Orchestra: National Ballet of China Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: ZHANG Yi
Chorus Master: WANG Xiaomao
Set Design by National Ballet of China
Cinderella: WANG Ye/ ZHAO Xinyue/ LI Mengfei
Prince: CHEN Zhuming/ GUAN Chongzheng/ YAN Hualong
Elder Sister: WU Siming/ YU Zeyuan
Second Sister: SU Yang/ CHAI Yansong/ LIU Yuanhao
Stepmother: ZHANG Yizhu
Father: YANG Zhi
Fairy Godmother: NING Long/ ZHAO Xinyue/ LIU Xinwei/ WANG Yufei
Jester: SHEN Mengfan/ LU Chenqi
* Cast appearance order is subject to the actual performance
While Cinderella’s stepmother, father and stepsisters are busy preparing for the royal ball, Cinderella is sent to clean the house. She picks up a broom to sweep the floor and then looks at her mother’s portrait in sadness. When Cinderella’s father comes home and sees the scene, he is overcome with remorse but is comforted by Cinderella. At that moment, the stepsisters burst in and interrupt the heartwarming moment between the father and daughter, taking away the portrait of Cinderella’s mother.
At that moment, an old witch suddenly walks in, begging for food. The stepmother contemptuously gives the portrait of Cinderella’s mother to the old witch, but the old witch returns it back to Cinderella. Cinderella gives the old witch some bread and sends her away. The tailor, wigmaker and dance teacher come to the house to help the stepsisters prepare for the royal ball. The stepmother takes her daughters away, leaving Cinderella at home alone. She pretends that the broomstick is her dance partner at the ball, trying to hide her loneliness, but she cannot stop crying. At that moment, the old witch reappears and she is magically changed into a fairy godmother! The fairy godmother enchants the kitchen into a forest where dragonflies flitted among the trees.
The fairy godmother gives Cinderella a pair of crystal dancing shoes. The four fairies, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, dance around Cinderella. The seasons change as they dance, and Cinderella’s old dress is turned into a beautiful gown. The fairy godmother warns her that at midnight, all magic will disappear. Afterwards, she magically transforms a pumpkin and four lizards into a magnificent carriage and steed to carry Cinderella to the ball.
In the palace, the jester is welcoming the guests to the ball. The prince greets everyone and invites Cinderella’s two stepsisters to dance. The celebration is halted by the arrival of Cinderella. The prince falls in love with her at first sight because of her beauty and grace. At the ball, the guests are presented with oranges, the rarest fruit in the country. The kind-hearted Cinderella gives her own to her stepsisters who do not get them, and at the same time hides her true identity. Cinderella is dancing with the prince when the clock strikes midnight. Seeing that her dress is about to turn back into its original tattered appearance, Cinderella hurriedly leaves the ball and the prince only picks up a crystal shoe that Cinderella left behind.
Back home in the kitchen, Cinderella recalls the ball she just had and feels that it was like a beautiful dream. She finds the remaining dancing shoe in her pocket. The stepsisters return home and proudly display the oranges they got from the prince. Cinderella hurriedly hides the shoe. The stepmother announces the arrival of the prince, who has come to find the owner of the lost dancing shoe. The stepsisters all try to stuff their oversized feet into the tiny crystal shoe. Noticing Cinderella in the corner, the prince asks Cinderella’s father if he can allow Cinderella to try on the shoe. As Cinderella gets up, the other dancing shoe falls out of her pocket. The prince is overjoyed to have found his beloved and asks Cinderella to marry him. Cinderella forgives her stepmother and sisters.
When the prince returns the crystal shoes to the fairy godmother, the kitchen turns into a magical world as Cinderella and the prince dance a romantic pas de deux. The guests shower their blessings on the new royal consort.