Have you heard the wonderful news? The Sleeping Beauty is coming to town! For anyone interested in ballet, dance and culture, this is pretty monumental as Kuala Lumpur is the first Asian city to welcome the St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet’s rendition of this beloved classic.
With support from the Malaysian Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and in collaboration with local dance collective The Dance Company, the world-renowned St Petersburg Theatre will be performing The Sleeping Beauty at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 11 until 13 October 2019.
Before the show starts, let’s get pumped up with these fun facts about The Sleeping Beauty ballet.
1. Based on a classic fairy tale
One of the most well-known fairy tales on this planet, The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of Princess Aurora who was cursed into a deep sleep which can only be awaken by a true love’s kiss. The original author is unknown, though its history can be traced back to various medieval romances as well as in Pentamerone, a collection of fairy tales published in Italy during the 17th century.
2. First debuted more than 100 years ago
The Sleeping Beauty ballet was first performed in 1890, at time which many would consider as the golden age of Russian ballet. With Italian prima ballerina Carlotta Brianza leading the cast, it was performed at the posh Imperial Ballet (presently known as Mariinsky Theatre) in St Petersburg, Russia. The show became the second most popular ballet in the repertory of the theatre by 1903, having been performed 200 times in only 10 years. It continues to attract dance enthusiasts and general public to this day.
3. Music by legendary composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Helming the score for The Sleeping Beauty ballet was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the most celebrated Russian classical composer from that era. Throughout his career, Tchaikovsky has created 169 pieces in the form of symphonies, operas, ballets, concertos, cantatas and songs. He has composed three ballets including Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and lastly The Nutcracker before his death in 1893 at the age of 53.
4. Choreography by legendary ballet master Marius Petipa
Complementing the score is an enchanting choreograph by Marius Petipa. The French-Russian ballet master and principal choreographer of the Imperial Ballet is one of the most influential ballet masters in the history of the art.
5. Performed by the Notable St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet
Founded in 1990 by a family of professional dancers, the St Petersburg Theatre continues a ballet dynasty of over 100 years old. Their main mission is to preserve the authenticity of the Mariinsky Theatre, and each classical masterpiece is performed in its most original choreography. Taking centre stage for The Sleeping Beauty are principal dancers Anna Voitina and Aleksandr Voitin, who will play Princess Aurora and Prince Desire respectively. The group has toured over 130 cities, performing 250 sold-out performances every year.
The Asian premiere of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty will take place on the 11th, 12th & 13th October 2019 at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Tickets are priced at MYR192, MYR292, MYR392, MYR592, MYR792, MYR1,092 and MYR2,292. Don’t miss this chance to get a 20% discount with the promo code AIRASIA20 when you buy tickets via ticketcharge.com.my. Click here to see the terms and conditions of this exclusive deal.
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