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Moscow Festival Ballet is presenting Marius Petipa’s greatest piece and the finest of classical ballets, The Sleeping Beauty. The three-act ballet is a refined and grandiose combination of traditional mime and magnificent pas d’action set to Tchaikovsky’s lavish music. A beautiful baby princess is condemned on her christening by a witch to prick her finger on her Sixteenth birthday and die. The princess, however, is saved by the gifted Fairy Lilac who declared the curse will only last until kissed by a prince, upon which she will be awakened. The timeless fairy tale sparkles with all the royal elements including a king and queen, good and evil fairies, a charming prince and a fine-looking princess, and courtly splendor. Magical stage effects and brilliant costumes lend perfectly well to Petipa’s famous full evening ballet. Moscow Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty is suited for all ages, making Moscow Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty tickets an ideal treat for family as well as friends.
Sleeping Beauty was staged for the first time in 1890 in St. Petersburg at the Mariinsky Theatre. Though this original production featured Tchaikovsky’s complex score, the score was not completed until nine years later. Its original scenario was created by Ivan Vsevolozhsky and is inspired by Charles Perrault’s narrative. The original performance also featured the Petipa’a choreography and is today considered to be the most famous ballet of the classical repertoire.
This ballet is a staple of many ballet companies the world over, and is important because it marks Petipa’s first classic to be staged in Western Europe. Titled The Sleeping Princess, the ballet was performed in London in 1921 by Serge Diaghilev. The project was remounted by 1939 and presented in Great Britain, where it has since been upheld as the foundation of Classical ballet. The show has been adopted by countless ballet productions, and its leading role performance remains an initiation rite of sorts for aspiring ballerinas.
Sleeping Beauty encapsulates the most challenging of Petipa’s characteristic routines; sharp spinning turns, steel point work, high extensions, soaring leaps, daring lifts and brilliant battery that render a fairy tale the much necessary, extraordinary stage treatment. This ballet was choreographed in very strict adherence to Tchaikovsky’s score. There are several themes that develop and resume throughout the performance, with each act presenting its own unity. Tchaikovsky took Petipa’s instructions willingly concerning the length of the tempo and each sequence’s character. The themes include the princess’s coming of age and the victory of good over evil, each of which are developed musically and dramatically throughout the ballet. Intriguingly, each of the three acts features an Adagio for the princess; the first act celebrates her girlhood, the next focuses on her falling in love, while the third celebrates her marriage. With these three pas d’actions, Petipa fully explored the potential of Classical ballet.
Moscow Festival Ballet was established in 1989 by Bolshoi Ballet’s legendary principal dancer Sergei Radchenko. The latter envisioned a company that could present a combination of classical elements of great Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet companies in a new independent company. The Ballet has featured leading dancers from Russia who have made the best from Radchenko’s excellent direction. The company has staged productions of numerous classics including Giselle, Paquita, Carmen, and Don Quixote. Since its inception, the company has twice toured across Europe with special receptions in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. Two tours of the UK brought together capacity audiences at the Coliseum in London, which resulted in several more engagements in the nineties seasons.
The Ballet has been touring extensively across the United States, starting with the first Coast-to-Coast tour in 1997 that was followed by many more over the years. Last year, Moscow Festival Ballet presented Swan Lake to a maximum capacity audience at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts. This year, it has come back with the production of Sleeping Beauty, capturing the show just as Petipa intended. Make sure to book your share of Moscow Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty tickets to enjoy this classic tale with a dash of ballet.