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Fairy tales really do come true

1 Apr, 2021

PROJECTion Dance Director Tim Podesta is realising his vision after choreographing Cinderella, a visually stunning feast for the eyes and a funny take on the classic.

The Border resident is excited to debut the show to his hometown when the production takes to The Cube Wodonga stage on April 17.

Mr Podesta’s dream is to bring more “beautiful ballet” performances to regional Australia.

“Ballet is popular throughout Europe but you don’t see a lot of it throughout Australia,” he said.

“I think ballet is relatively young in Australia and the tendency is for audiences to stick to the more popular ones like The Nutcracker.

“The story of Cinderella is well known but the ballet is an unknown entity.”

Aside from the beautiful costumes – think tutus and tiaras - there is the humour of the ugly stepsisters and the beautiful ballroom in the second act.

A cast of 40 dancers have been rehearsing for the past month.

Two new dancers to the company – Nae Kojima from Brisbane and Matthew Jordan from Perth - are in the lead roles as Cinderella and the Prince.

“It’s unusual to have ballet of this size perform regionally and it’s a brand new production,” Mr Podesta said.

“I have choreographed all over the world and wanted to do something here locally.

“I want to bring more theatre experiences to the region and the greater area.”

Mr Podesta said the dancers were excited to return to the stage in front of a live audience.

Tickets are available here.