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January 2005
Cinderella on Ice
Cinderella on Ice
Cinderella on Ice



Cinderella on Ice

The New Theatre

19-22 January 2005

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By Pei Ling Wong

A slight but constant chill emitting from the stage is certainly one of the things that set this production of Cinderella apart from the others. Not to mention the fact that a glass ice-skate replaced the classic version of Cinderella's glass slipper!

The cast of Russian Ice Stars is made up of internationally acclaimed skaters including an Olympic Gold medal gymnast and skaters from the Russian State Circus!

The producer Vee Deplidge and choreographer Cavaliere Guiseppe Arena has successfully married skaters from diverse backgrounds in various combinations of dance, singles and pair skating to stage a truly magical reproduction of Cinderella.

An evening of awe and wonder ensues as graceful and agile skaters glide around the stage effortlessly and even perform impressive acrobatics to a pre-recorded classical musical score.

Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, the elegant Ioulia Barsukova, finds time to display her Rhythmic gymnastic skills with Ball, Hoop and Ribbon which won her an Olympic Gold medal. Not to be outshone, Cinderella Olga Pershankova shows off excellent dance skating skills, either solo or with her Prince Charming, Valdis Mintals.

The court jesters Alexander Belokopitov and Ekaterina Belokopitova were equally inspiring in their demonstration of extraordinary breath-taking air gymnastics. The main cast is also strongly backed by a colourful and equally remarkable troupe of skaters.

The evening is fast flowing with the tavern transformed into a garden and subsequently a palace and then back in a matter of seconds. The well-coordinated storyline promises to transport the audience through time and space. Prince Charming's travel around the world in search of his beloved also provides the perfect excuse to sample Spanish Flamenco and Egyptian Dance on ice.

The well loved fairytale of Cinderella, retold on ice, well deserves a visit.

The views expressed in these comments are those of the contributor's and not the BBC.

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