Cinderella · NovElla

Cinderella goes to Hollywood, En Pointe

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

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · NovElla

Cinderella, En Pointe

Cinderella’s slippers glitter, even as pointe shoes! This classic story makes for an equally classic ballet. There is an enchanting score, the Cinderella Suite, or Opus 87, composed by Sergei Prokofiev, a Russian Soviet musician whose works include both ballets and operas. This is the music most often used in Cinderella renditions. The choreography by… Continue reading Cinderella, En Pointe

Austen · Banannabelle · Cinderella · Education · Math · NovElla

How to Bake Pi

March 14th is Pi Day! It’s also the birthday of Albert Einstein. In honor of Pi Day, today’s post highlights a pertinent book about mathematics. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that mathematics is difficult,” writes mathematics professor Eugenia Cheng, with as much tongue-in-cheek as Austen’s original statement. In How to Bake Pi, Cheng explains… Continue reading How to Bake Pi

Cinderella · Fairy Tale · Music · NovElla

Cinderella Musicals

We’ve already seen one musical version of Cinderella, as part of Into the Woods. I’m sure many of you are also familiar with the Disney animation; but don’t stop there. Richard Rodgers (1902–1979), composer, and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960), lyricist, collaborated on many great musicals – including Cinderella! This musical rendition was largely based on… Continue reading Cinderella Musicals

Cinderella · Historical · NovElla

Silhouette of a Fairy Tale

Cinderella has inspired the creativity of countless writers, artists, producers, and others. Fairytale adaptations and art are created using all sorts of different mediums – even paper cutting! In the early days of stop-motion photography, paper-cut figures were used to create cutout animation movies. Charlotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a German animation pioneer in the nascent… Continue reading Silhouette of a Fairy Tale