A Night of Magical Enchantment: Jayne Smeulders’ Cinderella, Mesmerizes with Timeless Grace

For it’s five day run at Place des Arts from May 31st to June 4th 2023, young and old were transported into a world of enchantment and wonder as Australian choreographer Jayne Smeulders brought to life the timeless tale of Cinderella.

Staying true to The Brothers Grimm’s beloved story and accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s 1944 famous score, this ballet captivated audiences of all ages.

Cinderella’s “blue gown” has now been replaced by ethereal and pure white !
Rachele Buriassi, principal dancer at Les Grands Ballets in the title role of Cinderella !

In this re-imagined production, Smeulders meticulously crafted glittering new sets and costumes, breathing fresh life into the classic narrative.

From a cruel stepmother to two extremely vain, selfish and desperately foolish stepsisters, The company’s dancers took on specially designed roles, including mice, lizards and horses who merrily pranced around in colorful and shimmery apparel, infusing the scenes in the enchanted garden with an extra touch of magic.

Audiences were able to embark on a journey that evoked cherished memories of their childhood.

“I am happy that Les Grands Ballets offers me the opportunity to dance magical ballets like Cinderella. Choreographer Jayne Smeulders has created a magnificent work […]. This role gives me the chance to play a whole range of emotions. As an artist, I derive a lot of pleasure and pride from it. Thank you for supporting Les Grands Ballets, you are helping to bring dance to another level!”
Rachele Buriassi, principal dancer at Les Grands Ballets and title role of Cinderella !

Les Grands Ballets, the esteemed producer and presenter, brought this awe-inspiring production to Montreal’s Place des Arts, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

With a runtime of 2 hours and 5 minutes, including an intermission, where costumed dancers happily signed autographs and ballet slippers from the company was sold to young aspiring dancers, the performance proved to be a delightful experience for the entire family.


The company is proud to offer a unique, complete and immersive experience, accompanied by the Grands Ballets Orchestra, conducted by maestra Dina Gilbert.

Under her expert guidance, the orchestra delivered Prokofiev’s enchanting score with precision and grace.

Les Grands Ballets have been proud to be accompanied by their own orchestra for more than 30 years, and since the arrival of Ivan Cavallari as artistic director of the company, no less than five productions with orchestra have been offered each year to the Montreal audience.

“The creation of ballets keeps the artist very alive, and it is through this approach that we have the opportunity to transmit something to the public. The ballet begins by being internalized, through the technique, the learning of the role, the theatrical part, but it is as soon as the orchestra begins to play that we see the dancers metamorphose.
Ivan Cavallari, artistic director of Les Grands Ballets

Jayne Smeulders’ Cinderella was indeed an invitation to immerse oneself in a world where dreams came true.


Adding to the visual splendor, Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt’s exquisite costumes and Simon Guilbault’s imaginative sets created a feast for the eyes.


Audiences joined poor Cinderella on her extraordinary journey, as the divine Fairy Godmother worked her magic, transforming her fate forever.

They were swept away by the sheer beauty and artistry of this ballet on pointe, rediscovering the joy and innocence of childhood.

Curtain Call with the entire cast
photo by Monica Wong

Those who attended did not miss the opportunity to experience a ballet that seamlessly wove together the power of storytelling, exquisite choreography, and Prokofiev’s iconic music.


Jayne Smeulders and Les Grands Ballets created an enchanting production that will happily be presented again from next September 8th to the 10th 2023 at Place des Arts.

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