Prokofiev Foundation Attempts to Block Production of Cinderella Set in Brothel

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The Sergei Prokofiev Foundation has demanded that the Latvian National Opera halt a production of the composer's ballet Cinderella set in a brothel, the Moscow News reports.

In the staging, which premiered in May, Cinderella is a maid in the brothel, her sisters are prostitutes, and her mother is the madam. It was choreographed by Radu Pokletaru and directed by Declan Donnellan.

According to the News, a representative of the Prokofiev Foundation, which was created by the composer's widow in 1983 to manage rights to his music, contacted the opera company after the premiere and withdrew permission for the use of Prokofiev's music.

In addition to the unorthodox staging, the News says, the foundation objects to what it claims is an inaccurate use of the music.

Performances of the production have been suspended pending legal action.


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