The Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The celebration for the year began in October, with the OBT performing Body Beautiful, a collaboration with Portland band Pink Martini. For the first time in 25 years, they presented a 20th century performance- Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella.
The three act ballet was directed by artistic director Kevin Irving. It was the perfect balance of comedy, aesthetics, choreography and set design. Of course, no ballot is complete without the masterful accompaniment of the orchestra, lead by Niel DePonte. The OBT’s rendition of the classic Cinderella love story was brought to life by the animated cast and dazzling costume display. The stepsisters provided comic relief throughout the ballet, offerings antics and shenanigans sure to leave the whole family laughing. After all, who doesn’t love a good evil stepsister in drag?
But of course at the heart of every ballet is the actual dance itself. The performers’ fluid movements helped tell the story we all know and love, adding their own magic with fancy footwork. Watching the dancers float, twirl, spin, lift each other and gracefully move across the stage, one marvels at how they seemingly defy the natural laws of physics.
Cinderella, played by Eva Burton and Prince Charming, played by Colby Parsons shared the stage repeatedly with both solo and duo performances. Each dancer complimented one another by blending their own style with both the music and the use of the props on stage.
If you think you’ve seen Cinderella for the last time many years ago, think again. The OBT brings a fresh perspective on stage that you won’t want to miss. And as an added bonus, there’s a scene with adorable little girls in fancy dresses and fairy wings to make your heart melt just a little bit more.