Het National Ballet of the Netherlands and San Francisco Ballet have co-commissioned Christopher Wheeldon to create a reinterpretation of Serge Prtokoviev’s Cinderella with sets and costumes by the Britist designer Julian Crouch. San Francisco Ballet’s announcement was dated February 15, 2012.
The work will premiere with Het National Ballet at The Amsterdam Music Theatre December 13, 2012; the U.S. premiere is scheduled for some time in San Francisco Ballet’s 2013 repertory season.
The press release indicates that Cinderella in this version is more than a victim; she plants a hazel branch on her mother’s grave which grows into a magic tree, collaborating with four spirits to grant Cinderella’s wishes. The prince is planned to play a larger role.
The press release also mentions use of cinematographic approach.
For those S.F. Ballet admirers of Yuri Possokhov, it places his version of Prokoviev’s Cinderella for the Bolshoi Ballet way far back on the burner, along with the creation of Alexei Ratmansky.