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Ballet: La Belle au Bois Dormant
3rd February 2016 at 15h30 - 18h30
Considered the cherry on the cake of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, the magical fairy tale of the beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince is brought to life by one of Moscow’s finest ballet companies.
Created by Petipa, former ballet master of the Imperial Ballet, and accompanied by the music of Tchaikovsky, this beautiful and romantic ballet is performed amidst lavish costumes, and elaborate sets.
In 1888, Tchaikovsky was asked by the Director of the Imperial Theatres in St. Petersburg, to compose ballet music for Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant. At the time, his only previous ballet, Swan Lake, had not had good reviews!
Based around the themes of good versus evil, the ballet is about the story of Aurora, who has been cursed since birth by the evil fairy Carabosse. After pricking her finger on a spindle, the princess and her whole kingdom fall into a deep sleep that will last one hundred years until she is saved by the brave prince, Désiré.
Performed by the gifted Russian dancers of the famous Ballet Impérial de Moscou and directed by Elena Bespalova.