Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
The Russian National Ballet in the classic, romantic fairy tale ballet, "Sleeping Beauty" (photo by Larissa Padenchuk).
On Saturday, January 17, the internationally acclaimed Russian National Ballet Theatre will present two performances of the classic, romantic fairy tale ballet “Sleeping Beauty” at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) on the campus of College of DuPage. A cast of four dozen dancers will portray the story of Princess Aurora in a lavish production featuring enchanting sets and spectacular costumes.
Based on Charles Perrault’s well known fairy tale, “Sleeping Beauty” follows Princess Aurora through a multilayered tale of romance, poetry, fate, good versus evil and, of course, love. The 1890 original St. Petersburg staging of “Sleeping Beauty,” with choreography by the legendary Marius Petipa performed to Tchaikovsky’s splendid score, was a grand illustration of the Russian Imperial style at its zenith. Today the full length ballet, performed in three acts, remains the cornerstone of the Russian National Ballet’ Theatre's repertoire.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s. Many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions began to exercise their new-found creative freedom by starting companies dedicated not only to the tradition of classical Russian Ballet, but to invigorate it as the Russians began to accept new developments in global dance. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with more than 50 dancers, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. Legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko serves as artistic director.
Performances take place January 17 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and a free MAC Chat will be offered one hour prior to the evening show. For tickets and more information, visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.