Cinderella

 

Cinderella ballet. Music by Sergei Prokofiev. Choreographed originally by Alexei Ratmansky in 2002 at the Mariinsky Theatre. This performance was filmed at the Mariinsky in 2013. Stars Diana Vishneva (Cinderella), Vladimir Shklyarov (The Prince), Ekaterina Kondaurova (Stepmother), Margarita Frolova (Stepsister Khudishka), Ekaterina Ivannikova (Stepsister Kubishka), Elena Bazhenova (Fairy/Tramp), Ilya Petrov (Spring), Anton Pimonov (Summer), Maxim Zyuzin (Autumn), and Andrei Solovyov (Winter). Valery Gergiev the conducts Mariinsky Ballet Orchestra. Sets by Ilya Utkin and Yeveny Monakhov; costumes by Elena Markovskaya. Package has both a DVD and a Blu-ray disc. Released 2015, disc has stereo sound only. Grade: NA

Preliminary information needs confirmation. I have learned that stereo sound only on a dance title is a good marker for inferior quality overall. So when a dance title comes along with no surround sound, Kerberos attacks and the title goes on the excluded list. Also, I formed the impression in the past that quality control at the Mariinsky is weak and that one can't trust their brand. For example, the Mariinksy Romeo and Juliet, also starring Vishneva and Shklyarov, is a dismal mess that I graded "C-." Still, this Cinderella production live has gotten good reviews around the world. So I gave Kerberos a fresh bone and decided to include subject Cinderella on the website.  This package has been priced quite high. So now I'm shopping around for a discount or a used copy. In the meantime, if you could help us by writing a comment on this, that would be a big help.