Get ready to be transported to a world filled with magic, fairies and a sleeping princess when the curtains rise at the Asian premiere of St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet’s (SPRB) The Sleeping Beauty at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, in October.
The Sleeping Beauty, originally written by Russian composer Peter Tchaikovsky in the late 19th century, marks SPRB’s first performance in Malaysia. The Russian ballet troupe has performed in 130 cities around the world including Finland, Belgium, Canada and China.
The Sleeping Beauty is jointly organised by local dance collective The Dance Company (TDC). This follows the staging of Swan Lake by Britain’s Ballet West last year at Resorts World Genting, another joint event by TDC.
““I’m proud that the heritage of the Russian ballet will be shared with the whole of Asia through this production. Collaborations such as this enables our countries to build stronger ties with each other through cultural exchange,” says Ayrat Akhmetov, director of the Russian Centre Of Science and Culture in Malaysia.
Directed by Aleksandr Manoshkin, The Sleeping Beauty clocks in at 110 minutes (with a 15-minute intermission) and features 33 Russian ballet dancers, including principal dancers Anna Voitina and Aleksandr Voitin who will play Princess Aurora and Prince Desire respectively.
The Sleeping Beauty comes with a prologue and three acts, based on French poet/author Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant. It is about a princess who is cursed by an evil fairy to sleep for 100 years and the handsome prince who awakens her from her long slumber.
The Sleeping Beauty first premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia in 1890, choreographed by French-Russian ballet master Marius Petipa. This upcoming staging of the ballet in KL will be performed in Petipa’s original choreography style.
“The Sleeping Beauty is a unique, technically challenging ballet piece and we are trying our best to keep it as close to the original choreography as possible,” reveals Voitina.
She also says that besides the beautiful choreography and music, audiences will be enthralled by the magnificent costumes in the show. “It is exactly what you would expect from a Russian ballet. Our costumes allow for dramatic presentation and true expression,” she adds.
‘The Sleeping Beauty’ will be staged at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, on Oct 11 and 12 at 8.30pm. Tickets are from RM192 to RM2,292. For details, go to ticketcharge.com.my.