Among Tchaikovsky’s three great classic ballets, The Sleeping Beauty
has received critical acclaim for its grand stage design, gorgeous setting and highly-difficult movements as an encyclopedia of classical ballet. On March 2nd
, the Ballet Company of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT), with a rich ninety-eight year history, will grace the NCPA stage with impassioned performances.
The Sleeping Beauty combines the drama and beauty of ballet
In Russia at the height of the Romantic Movement at the close of the 19th century, Tchaikovsky, the master composer and French choreographer, Marius Petipa, collaborated on The Sleeping Beauty, which premiered in January 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre, meeting much tremendous success. Tchaikovsky created lyrical and powerfully dramatic music, while Petipa’s ingenious choreography was all the more a contribution to the worldwide revolutionizing of ballet, culminating in a monumental work that can hardly be surpassed in subsequent generations.
The Sleeping Beauty flows splendidly. Each of the 60 dance routines has its own unique aspects. Among them, the “1+4” mode, Rose Adagio, the wedding Pas de Deux, and other challenging dances, deserve the title of the ballet dancer’s “rite of passage” that features characters from the fairytales of Charles Perrault, such as “Puss in Boots”, “Bluebird”, “Little Tom Thumb” and “Red Riding Hood”, dazzling with childlike magic as a staple of ballet competitions and galas.
As the leading dance company in the Baltic region, the LNOBT, ever since its founding in 1920, has received plenty of support from the Lithuanian aristocracy, as well as countries such as Russia, France and Italy. The Company’s extensive repertoire includes Giselle, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Coppélia. While its first production of The Sleeping Beauty debuted in 2006, at the urging of director, Krzysztof Pastor, after which, it quickly became one of the LNOBT’s most magnificent performances in their repertoire.
The Lilac Fairy presents Prince Desiré with a vision of Princess Aurora
On this visit to China, two-thirds of the Company’s soloists will go on stage at the NCPA. Their main stars include: as Princess Aurora, Anastasia Chumakova on March 2nd and 4th and Olesia Shaytanova on the March 3rd; Olga Konošenko as the Lilac Fairy on the 2nd and 4th and Haruka Ohno on the 3rd; as Prince Desiré, Henadz Zhukouski on the 2nd and 4th and Romas Ceizaris on the 3rd; and Stanislav Semianiura, one of the dancers playing the Blue Bird. All are prepared to recreate the classic masterpiece for avid theatergoers in China’s capital city by deliver ingamazingon stage performances this March.