Scottish Ballet’s Cinderella casts its spell on Edinburgh this Christmas

Sophie Martin performing the title role of Cinderella. Photo Credit: Andy Ross

By Lynn Rusk

Scottish Ballet’s performance of Cinderella is coming to Edinburgh this Christmas season.

The internationally acclaimed company opened their show at the Festival Theatre this weekend and will grace the stage till the 30th December.

Originally devised by Scottish Ballet’s Artistic Director Christopher Hampson for the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2007, the well known classic show was performed to widespread acclaim in Europe in 2015.

The show, designed by Tracy Grant Lord, and set to Prokofiev’s irresistibly melodic score performed live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, is a classic story of love and light.

Christopher Hampson’s Cinderella is promised to be everything you adore about the classic fairy tale – made fresh, funny and touching.

‘‘I’m delighted to be bringing Cinderella back and closing our current season with this timeless classic” Hampson says about the ballet.

“Created to reflect two people’s journeys of love and loss, I’m looking forward to presenting this story of light and dark, magically woven together with storytelling, set design and sound.”

Award-winning French principal dancer Sophie Martin who will perform the title of role of Cinderella spoke to us about her beginnings in ballet: “I think for a start what got me to keep doing ballet was the performances. I liked moving about but doing exercises felt a little pointless to me.”

“I always needed a goal and getting on stage with choreography or a character we had worked on was definitely what I enjoyed the most about training. Luckily you get a lot more of that when you are a professional dancer.”

Performing the role of Cinderella has been an experience she says:

‘’For this specific programme, I think it’s always amazing to dance in front of an audience who really wish to be entertained. What I enjoy the most about dancing Cinderella are the house scenes.”

Cinderella will run until the 30th December at the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, and will continue its tour in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle in the New Year.