by David Cohen

One of the most well loved fairy tale ballet of all time The Sleeping Beauty was first performed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890 to the music that was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Ballet West returned to the Auditorium to premiere The Sleeping Beauty, last Friday, October 4, 2013, a newly conceived and produced by Ballet West Artistic Director Adam Sklute, formerly of The Joffrey Ballet. With a live orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Ballet West at their 50 years anniversary delivered a perfect performance that would satisfied any ballet goer. 

Adam Sklute’s goal was to keep this fairy tale an exciting and relevant tail that will continued to attract the modern audience while maintaining the classical purity of the beloved story. 

The Sleeping beauty has become one of the classical repertoire's most famous ballets of all time. it is a story of Princess Aurora who was welcomed into the world,  but the King and Queen forgot to invite the evil wicked fairy Carabose to celebrations of Princess Aurora’s birth. Carabose and her crew came to party anyway, but with evil intentions, to curse the Princess with a wicked spell, that on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger and die. Quick to save the Princess, the good Lilac Fairy casts another spell saying that she will only fall asleep after pricking her finger. The 16 birthday celebration of Princess Aurora arrived and she is doomed to an eternal sleep when she pricks her finger on a magical spindle. Lilac the good Fairy casts a spell on the entire family and court to fall asleep ensuring them of their safety.

100 years later, Prince Desire is led to Aurora by the enchanted fairies,  and to the castle to rescue the beautiful Princess and put an end to the evil fairy Carabose. The prince find the castle and battle his way trough the evil fairy Carabose and her supporters.  He breas the spell with a magical  kiss that he gives Princess Aurora, demonstrating the triumph of good versus evil. With new characters, costumes and vision, Sklute’s The Sleeping Beauty, takes audiences on an enchanting journey through time and fantasy.

The Sleeping Beauty is a sweet good performance. It is a collaboration of good dance, music and design that will forever continue to influence ballet,  as well as fulfill the audience hearts with joy and happiness. 

photos courtesy of Ballet West