Moscow Ballet Features 'The Sleeping Beauty' at Wharton Center
EAST LANSING, Mich. ― For the first time since their 2012 tour, the legendary Moscow Festival Ballet and their company of 50 returns to Wharton Center on Thursday, January 9. Under the artistic direction of Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet expertly blends the teachings of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in their independent, Russian classic ballet styling.
Choreographed and written by Marius Petipa, the same Premier Maître de Ballet of St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres behind such classics as Don Quixote and The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty is considered to be one of the finest achievements in classical ballet. Combining aspects of mime and expressive pas d’action (pantomime), all set to a beautiful score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake), this spectacular performance is a testament to the integrity of the Romantic 19th-century ballet movement.
The Sleeping Beauty follows the well-known fairytale, as originated by Charles Perrault, about a baby princess cursed to die by the prick of a finger, whose only hope of salvation comes in the form of true love’s kiss. Brought to life by Petipa’s classic styles of steel point work, inspiring leaps, and breathtaking lifts and turns, The Sleeping Beauty promises to be another fantastic addition to the Moscow Festival Ballet’s exceptional repertoire of performances.
Tickets are on sale now and are available online at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto- Owners Insurance Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.