Reviews

Cinderella on Ice, Wales Millenium Centre

20 Dec 08 - Western Mail - Karen Price

TWO years ago I was mesmerised as I watched the Imperial Ice stars performing Swan Lake on Ice.

The Tchaikovsky favourite remained faithful to the traditional ballet but the show had the added pizzazz of skilful ice-skating, jaw-dropping lifts and stunts and rings of fire.

Now the company has returned to Cardiff with a production of Cinderella On Ice.

And while I thought I was familiar with the story of the poor girl with the cruel stepsisters who meets her Prince Charming at the ball, I wish I'd read my programme notes before Act One.

For this Cinderella is very different. It involves the Lord Mayor's son, effectively Prince Charming (expertly skated by Andrei Penkine), a gypsy fortune teller (the delightful Olga Gmyzina) and clocks that whirr and tick with surprising energy but which Cinderella's father the watchmaker (Vadim Yarkov) has difficulty repairing.

During the first half of the production, Cinderella (a very graceful Olga Sharutenko) finds herself taking the lead role in a performance of Swan Lake. Confused? I certainly was. In fact, I thought the Imperial Ice Stars had enjoyed their previous show so much that they had decided to resurrect it.

But come Act Two and we're into the ballroom scenes which provide the perfect showcase for the ice-skaters to show off their remarkable talents.

With a beautiful score, simple but highly effective sets and stunning costumes, the production has all the ingredients needed to make it a magical festive show.

But come Act Two and we're into the ballroom scenes which provide the perfect showcase for the ice-skaters to show off their remarkable talents.

With a beautiful score, simple but highly effective sets and stunning costumes, the production has all the ingredients needed to make it a magical festive show.

The final scene in which Cinderella and the Lord Mayor's son dance together is utterly stunning. As they skate against a plain dark backdrop dotted with twinkling stars, you can really focus on their elegant and skilful moves as there's nothing to detract from them. And when they "fly" through the air it really appears as though they must have grown wings as there's no sign of any wires.

I must admit that the company's production of Swan Lake is still my favourite, but once again Imperial Ice Stars have pulled together a highly polished show - even if it isn't Cinderella as I knew it.

Cinderella On Ice is at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, until January 4. The box office number is 0870 040 2000.

Bookmark and Share

Back |  | 

 

Upcoming show dates

 Swan Lake on Ice