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The Sleeping Beauty

As the intensity of Tchaikovsky's overture portends, this story is, on a spiritual level, an epic struggle between good and evil, in which the Lilac Fairy (Chandra Kuykendall) and the old witch, Carabosse (Gregory K. Gonzales), do battle over the Princess Aurora (Maria Mosina).

Maria Mosina as Princess Aurora
Maria Mosina as Princess Aurora
Photo: Terry Shapiro
Despite the sometimes testy relationship between Tchaikovsky and choreographer Marius Petipa, their results—which premiered in 1890 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg—are the perfect marriage of classical music and dance, as we see in the stunning pas de deux of Prince Desiree (Alexi Tyukov) and Aurora as well as Bluebird (Adam Still) and Princess Florine (Dana Benton).

Gregory K. Gonzales as Carabosse
Gregory K. Gonzales as Carabosse
Photo: Terry Shapiro
Mosina's work astounds, technically and emotionally, particularly the four moments of balance, repeated with variations, with her suitors, displaying "breath-taking equilibrium" (as Balachine described the effect). Her pas de deux with Tyukov are thrilling, with their accompanying solo sequences amplifying the refined artistry of the work.

Fold in more masterful solos, including the five fairies: Serenity (Dana Benton); Vitality (Shelby Dyer); Generosity (Caitlin Valentine-Ellis; Happiness (Casey Dalton); and Temperament (Asuka Sasaki), as well as a fine Mazurka (Cara Cooper and Luis Valdes).

Top it off with the magical divertissements of Puss-N-Boots (Casey Dalton and Sean Omandam) plus Little Red Riding Hood (Cara Cooper) and the Wolf (Christophor Moulton), and serve to delighted patrons.

Alexi Tyukov as Prince Desiree and Maria Mosina as Princess Aurora
Alexi Tyukov as Prince Desiree and
Maria Mosina as Princess Aurora
Photo: Terry Shapiro
An expressive rendition of Tchaikovsky's sublime composition, by Adam Flatt and the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, plus evocative violin solos by Concertmaster Lydia Sviatlovskaya, provide the foundation for this delightful production.

The Colorado Ballet's presentation of The Sleeping Beauty runs through October 21st. For more information: 303-837-8888 x2, or www.ColoradoBallet.com.

Bob Bows

 

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