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American Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty

American Ballet Theatre: Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ballet & Contemporary Dance Ballet Holidays

The beloved story of the princess Aurora--cursed to sleep for 100 years by an evil sorceress until awakened by a prince's kiss--is certain to cast a spell with the D.C. premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's monumental new staging.

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Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Staging and additional choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, assisted by Tatiana Ratmansky
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Set and costumes by Richard Hudson, inspired by Léon Bakst
Lighting by James F. Ingalls
with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra 

"This [Sleeping Beauty] staging is a triumph of vivifying style… it's the finest reconstruction I've ever seen of a dance work."

--The New York Times
"Sumptuous! A lush return to tradition"
--Los Angeles Times

PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change)
Wed. Eve
Boylston (Aurora), Gorak (Prince Desiré), Abrera (Lilac Fairy), Gomes (Carabosse), Shevchenko (Diamond), Simkin (Bluebird), Trenary (Princess Florine)

Thu. Eve
 (Aurora), Gomes (Prince Desiré), Shevchenko (Lilac Fairy), Salstein (Carabosse), Brandt (Diamond), Zhang (Bluebird), Lane (Princess Florine)

Fri. Eve
 (Aurora), Stearns (Prince Desiré), Abrera (Lilac Fairy), Raffa (Carabosse), Trenary (Diamond), Shayer (Bluebird), Copeland (Princess Florine)

Sat. Mat
(Aurora), Gorak (Prince Desiré), Teuscher (Lilac Fairy), Gomes (Carabosse), Shevchenko (Diamond), Simkin (Bluebird), Trenary (Princess Florine)

Sat. Eve
 (Aurora), Cornejo (Prince Desiré), Teuscher (Lilac Fairy), Raffa (Carabosse), Trenary (Diamond), Hoven (Bluebird), Abrera (Princess Florine)

Sun. Mat
(Aurora), Gomes (Prince Desiré), Shevchenko (Lilac Fairy), Salstein (Carabosse), Brandt (Diamond), Shayer (Bluebird), Copeland (Princess Florine)

Sun. Eve
(Aurora), Stearns (Prince Desiré), Abrera (Lilac Fairy), Raffa (Carabosse), Shevchenko (Diamond), Cirio (Bluebird), Brandt (Princess Florine)

The beloved story of the princess Aurora--cursed to sleep for 100 years by an evil sorceress until awakened by a prince's kiss--is certain to cast a spell when American Ballet Theatre marks its annual engagement with the D.C. premiere of a monumental new staging of The Sleeping Beauty from "perhaps the greatest ballet storyteller today" (The Washington Post).
ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky combines all of the inventiveness and exacting detail of Marius Petipa's original 1890 choreography with his own 21st-century storytelling sensibilities to create a gorgeously alive production full of surprises. Says the New York Times: "The way classical dancing emerges out of this tapestry, both courtly and mythic, is entrancing." Performed by ABT's superstar dancers to Tchaikovsky's spellbinding score, Ratmansky's sparkling version boasts a colossal cast of more than 250 performers in all--including more than 100 local supernumeraries--along with opulent sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson, inspired by Russian painter Léon Bakst's 1921 designs for Serge Diaghilev's seminal production for the Ballets Russes.
With its glittering royal waltzes, vibrant storybook divertissements from the likes of Cinderella and Red Riding Hood, and one of the most breathtaking grand pas de deux in all of ballet, you won't want to miss this "pop-up fairy-tale book as Petipa intended it, a richly told story of love eternal" (Los Angeles Times). 

Performance Timing: Prologue & Act I - 65 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 24 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act III - 38 min.