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Jan 9 , 2014

MOSCOW FESTIVAL BALLET: The Sleeping Beauty

Cobb Great Hall

The Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa’s career, is often considered the finest achievement of the classical ballet. This is a grandiose and refined blending of traditional mime, expressive pas d’action and spectacular divertissements set to the lavish music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 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 the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lends itself perfectly to Petipa’s full evening ballet.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, sought to realize his vision of a company that would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classical ballet. 

Performance Run Time: 2 hours 5 minutes and includes a 20 minute intermission.

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