Hailing from Biarritz, Malandain Ballet is one of only a handful of ballet companies that still exists in France today, or one that hasn’t been taken over by modern dance. Having premiered in June 2013 at the Royal Opera of Versailles, their production of Cinderella now comes to Barcelona in a performance that brings together 20 dancers to portray the unfortunate stepdaughter’s quest for a better life. Including themes of suffering, rejection and hope, choreographer Thierry Malandain follows the dramatic arc of the fairytale by combining humour and tragedy to explore the duality that lies within us all.
Since founding the company in 1998, Malandain has developed a very personal vision of dance. With more than 80 works to his credit, he leads a troupe of performers who fuse the grammar of classical dance with a more original, contemporary expression. In a spectacle that injects comedy to counterbalance the darker, more dreamlike episodes, see if the slipper fits for yourself on February 19th at the Teatre-Auditori Sant Cugat.
Tickets are available from €25. More information here.