Cinderella is having a ball at The Curzon, Clevedon
By Carol_Deacon | Friday, November 23, 2012, 13:07
On your toes for the best cinema experience for ballet lovers at the Curzon next week.
On Saturday, December 8, dance fans can enjoy an acclaimed production of the most famous fairy tale of all - Cinderella.
Starring Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay, this production of Cinderella was created to mark Birmingham Royal Ballet 20th anniversary year.
Artistic director David ****ley and award-winning choreographer John Macfarlane worked together on this special production.
With dazzling sets and costumes backed by Prokofiev's sumptuous score this is perfect family entertainment brought to life on the big screen.
Mr ****ley said: "It's a ballet with a lot of roles for women, rather than the men.
"Cinderella herself is a nice role for the girls because it's quite varied – not only technically, but because of the long passages where they're just alone by themselves.
"They have to create and maintain a character that really endears itself to the audience, who have got to empathise with Cinderella, otherwise the show doesn't work.
"Then there are a lot of subsidiary characters like the sisters, which are comedy roles, and there aren't a lot of those for women in ballet.
"I feel that these characters work: there's a freedom in them that allows the dancers to add their own personality, but there's a good solid framework and the audience gets the jokes.
"It could have been easy to just present title character, Elisha Willis as a vulnerable victim, as people have done so many times before.
"But in David's mind she's a much stronger character, because she's endured so much hardship and survived.
"And I love that angle, I find it really interesting."
Tickets £12 with £10 concessions from Curzon box office or online at www.curzon.org.uk.
- There's a chance to stock up on unusual Christmas gifts for family and friends,at the Curzon's arts and craft fair on Saturday and Sunday, December 1-2. In the cinema's Oak Room, the fair sees a number of local artists and artisans displaying their work. Items on sale include jewellery, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, textiles, cards, prints and hand blended creams. The fair is open 10am-5pm both days and entry is £1.
- The Curzon Community Cinema was first opened as The Picture House in April 1912. Now a Grade II listed building, it has been owned since 1996 by a registered charity, the Curzon Clevedon Community Centre for the Arts, formed to buy the building and run it as a community cinema.