A very surreal Cinderella

In the lead up to Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella for the Australian Ballet, much of the publicity focused on the surrealist décor for the ballet by the French designer, Jerome Kaplan.

Early design sketches showed how he had adapted Elsa Schiaparelli’s surrealistic shoe hat of the 1930s but last night’s premiere in Melbourne revealed so much more of the surrealist art movement in Kaplan’s sets.

The designer has referenced the work of Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and Giorgio de Chirico in his fascinating designs for the ballet.

My review of the ballet will be published soon in a dance magazine so this post is simply a gallery of surrealist images that I think inspired Kaplan, from the sofa designed to replicate Mae West’s lips, to the mirror images of Magritte and the compelling eyes created by the Italian artist and designer, Piero Fornasetti.

Scroll down to see both the surrealist works and a few photos of the ballet.

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Leanne Stojmenov in Cinderella 2013, photo © Jeff Busby

Schiaparelli shoe hat

Fornasetti eye

Topiary trees

Dior, spring-summer collection, 2011

Malachite and lapis lazuli columns, St Petersburg

Mae West’s Lips Sofa by Salvador Dali and Edward James, 1938

Time Transfixed (La Durée poignardée, 1938), oil on canvas painting by René Magritte

The topiary trees become metronomes, Australian Ballet, Ratmansky’s Cinderella, photo © Jeff Busby

Leanne Stojmenov and Lynette Wills, Australian Ballet, Ratmansky’s Cinderella, photo © Jeff Busby

Artists of the Australian Ballet, Cinderella, photo © Jeff Busby

Halaina Hills, Amy Harris and Ingrid Gow, Cinderella, Australian Ballet, photo © Jeff Busby

The Son of Man, 1946, by Rene Magritte