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Check out the press release on the NBoC website: www.national.ballet.ca

Kudelka's "Italian Straw Hat" which was set to premiere in May 2004, is being replaced with his remaking of Cinderella. The Straw Hat will be postponed until next season.

It's seems a bit odd to present a new version of Cinderella, when the company only acquired Ben Stevenson's in 1995. No doubt, Kudelka's interpretation will be dark, which should be interesting considering the fairy tale story... I wonder how he will fit his signature themes of love, sex, and death (after choreographing the Firebird, he added "whimsy" to that list in an interview) into Cinderella. It could work... I've always considered Prokofiev's score to have a dark and dramatic quality somewhat inappropriate to this typically "fluffy" children's story (not to say that I don't love the music itself).

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