All that glitters: ‘Cinderella’ to open Connecticut Ballet’s season


Above: Principal dancer Oksana Maslova of Connecticut Ballet, left, performs a preview of the upcoming ballet, “Cinderella,”on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. The ballet will be performed in Stamford October 12, 2013. Photo: Lindsay Perry

There was no prince to be seen, only a broom to provide company and a hearth to provide warmth as Cinderella toiled about the space, consoling herself with happy memories of the past and hopes of a brighter future.

Of course, one had to imagine the burning embers and small chamber during a recent afternoon, since in reality the scene was being brought to life in one of Connecticut Ballet‘s Stamford studios through the music of Prokofiev and the foot work of Oksana Maslova.

Off in the corner, the dance company’s co-founder and artistic director Brett Raphael watched as Maslova and other company members offered a peek of what was to come on area stages. (Below, you can get a sense of all that is still to come.)

“This is a big production, and we are heading toward the finish line,” he said.

“Cinderella” will open Connecticut Ballet’s 2013-14 season with a two-day run at The Bushnell in Hartford, Oct. 5 and 6, and make a stop at Stamford’s Palace Theatre on Oct. 12.

Once the final production is ready to roll, Raphael said many people will have come together to make it happen, including costumers, makeup artists, set makers and light designers.

This is the first time in its 32 years that the company is presenting three full-length productions for its Stamford season. After “Cinderella, the “Nutcracker” returns for two weekends in December and “Giselle” makes a comeback May 3 after a hiatus of 24 years.

Christina Hennessy