Does Cinderella have a type? In the original fairy tales, such as Perrault’s Cendrillon or Aschenputtel by the Brothers Grimm, the prince is not really described. Do his princely qualities mean the same thing to everyone? He is left ambiguous, allowing the reader to imagine him as tall or short, light or dark, broad or… Continue reading Cinderella’s Type
Not every Cinderella ballet follows one of the traditional story-lines. Cinderella tries her luck in Hollywood in Rudolf Nureyev’s 1930s era ballet Cendrillon, first performed by the Ballet de l’Opéra National de Paris at Palais Garnier in 1986. In the post I wrote earlier about Cinderella Ballets, I covered the ballets that follow the original… Continue reading Cinderella goes to Hollywood, En Pointe
February 26th is National Tell A Fairy Tale Day! I love this holiday, and how it focuses on the telling of fairy tales, as opposed to the stories themselves. In honor of Tell A Fairy Tale Day, the theme of today’s post is retellings; specifically, retellings of Cinderella! There are hundreds of Cinderella retellings out… Continue reading Tell a Fairy Tale, of Cinderella!
Happy Friday the 13th! Today is also the birthday of author Roald Dahl. In honor of the occasion, here is Dahl’s poem “Cinderella,” from his poetry collection “Revolting Rhymes.” Cinderella I guess you think you know this story. You don’t. The real one’s much more gory. The phoney one, the one you know, Was cooked… Continue reading Roald Dahl’s Cinderella
The Disney live-action Cinderella movie is a one-of-a-kind fairytale remake! A new look at the animation from 1950, Lily James stars as Cinderella in the 2015 version. I first fell in love with the trailer: the heavy gold carriage that takes Cinderella to the ball looks like it could be encased in the gold foil… Continue reading Cinderella: Kit and Ella