‘Someone once said something to me which really shook me’ says David Bintley, Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and choreographer of this new production of Cinderella. ‘People always try to summarise what you do into a simple sentence or soundbite, no matter how broad a canvas you try to paint.
But somebody once said to me in Japan that my ballets were very often about a loss of innocence. At the time I really had not recognised that at all, but I went away and I realised that it’s absolutely true.’
Above, Maureya Lebowtiz rehearses the role of Cinderella.
He credits this as being his reason for being attracted to the title character in Cinderella, rather than the often more broadly painted caricatures of the ugly sisters or the wicked stepmother. While the cruelty of the latter means that Cinderella has had her childhood taken away from her, David is keen to rediscover her innocence.