The Sleeping Beauty, the crown jewel of choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, is often considered the finest achievement of classical ballet. Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault’s well-known fairy tale. 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, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet that was Petipa’s pride.
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 which 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 classic ballet. Leading dancers from Russia have forged an exciting new company under Radchenko’s direction staging new productions of timeless classics such as, Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen as well as this production of The Sleeping Beauty.
“This was an afternoon that deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps.” (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Come be awed and inspired by the highly-acclaimed Moscow Festival Ballet and their presentation of The Sleeping Beauty on Sunday, February 9, at 3 pm. Seats are available starting at $29. Tickets may be purchased online at www.LPAC.org, by phone at (661) 723-5950 or in person at the LPAC Box Office, 750 W. Lancaster BLVD. Box office hours are Noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.