The Carolina Ballet is starting our tech/performance week at Memorial Auditorium for our five-show Thanksgiving weekend run of Robert Weiss’ Cinderella and Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Most of the choreography is the same from past years, but there is a change to the design of Cinderella’s Glass Slipper Pointe shoe. The first and last photographs show the original version. As you can tell, the sequins attached did not survive the dancing. This year, wardrobe decided it needed some sprucing-up. My friend Jennifer Aiello, Carolina Ballet’s First Hand, was in charge of this task.
Here is the first version that Jen attempted with pink Pointe shoes.
After some thought, it was decided that the glitter spray looked better on white shoes. And since it is a glass slipper, more jewels were added. Now with the final version solidified, Jen has to make five separate pairs of glass slippers, two for each Cinderella and a prop pair. May these magical slippers bring the magic to the Holiday season! Happy Thanksgiving!