Reviews of Pacific Northwest Ballet in "Cinderella."
When a guest shows up too often, his or her charms may fade just a bit. That may be the case with Pacific Northwest Ballet's "Cinderella," back on stage only a year and a half since its last outing. Friday's opening-night performance, which kicked off the company's 40th anniversary season, was well cast, wonderfully danced and beautifully designed — it just felt a little familiar. The audience response was warm but subdued (no standing ovation), for a ballet that's charming rather than dazzling.
The glory of the evening, though, must go to Carla Körbes as Cinderella. Her dancing seemed light as thistledown and effortlessly balanced as she seemed to float through her role. With tiny motions of her head or body, she conveyed her character as kind and warm, sometimes sad, often shy, yet clearly a girl of character and strength. She and her partner, Karel Cruz as the Prince, have that close rapport with each other which creates memorable duets.