A Cinderella That Shines
No glass slipper was required when American movie star Grace Kelly married her Prince Ranier and became princess of Monaco. Choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot, who helms that principality's official ballet company, also saw no need for that ubiquitous shoe in his version of Cinderella, which is the calling card as Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo makes its SoCal debut. Instead of a glass slipper, Cinderella's feet and ankles glow luminously, the better to draw the attention of the prince who just happens to harbor a serious foot fetish. Despite the almost campy description, this is a widely praised interpretation, aided by the superb dancers committed to Maillot's inventive approach and highly developed theatrical instincts (he brought a Cirque du Soleil element to The Nutcracker, with circus acts incorporated into the familiar variations). While commoners marrying royalty is no longer the issue it once was, the Cinderella story still has legs, or in this case, feet and ankles that glow. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa; Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 9-11, 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Feb. 11-12, 2 p.m.; $13.60-$92. scfta.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 11, 2 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 12, 2 p.m. Starts: Feb. 9. Continues through Feb. 11, 2012
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