Because I can never resist pictures of a fairy tale brought to life in a ballet, I will share these images and the news about the performance. From Moscow Festival Ballet To Bring 'Sleeping Beauty' To Life:
The fairytale "Sleeping Beauty" will come to life with Tchaikovsky's score by the Moscow Festival Ballet at the McCallum Theatre on Monday, Feb. 6.
The performance is set for 8 p.m. at the Palm Desert Theatre, according to theater spokeswoman Cate Ervin.
In Sleeping Beauty, a baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy who declares that the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince.
The fairytale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and a handsome prince, is presented with magical stage effects and courtly splendor.
The Moscow Festival Ballet has toured extensively throughout the United States and will tour North America for four months in 2012.
So they may be coming to a theatre near you, too. Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite of the fairy tale ballets. And who doesn't love Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Waltz? Even Disney used it although he added words...
From the theatre site:
The spectacular fairy tale, set to Tchaikovsky's classic score, is brought to life by the renowned Russian National Ballet. Under the direction of legendary principal dancer Sergei Radchenko, the famed company performs the magical masterpiece with grace and beauty. This production performed to recorded music.