The Sleeping Beauty comes to town

We’ve all grown up to the tales of the Sleeping Beauty who is brought out of her slumber by a kiss from her Prince Charming. Now, experience the same magic of the saga of love and destiny at a screening of The Sleeping Beauty by¬†internationally renowned Russian Classical Ballet Company, Bolshoi Ballet, on December 26.

A performance of Bolshoi Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty. Pic Courtesy/Damir Yusupov.

“Technology has made things very easy for everyone and we found that now there is an opportunity to witness what is happening around the world, sitting here. Hence, we decided to organise a screening of The Sleeping Beauty,” says Deepa Gahlot, Head — Programming (Theatre & Film), NCPA.

From Aurora’s birth to her marriage to Prince Désiré, this story combines all the elements of a great moral fable with wonderful entertainment. With Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s beautiful melodies and a storyline drawn from Charles Perrault’s tale, Sleeping Beauty rolls out the most incredibly sumptuous scenes that mirror the grandeur of the 19th-century Russian court. Choreographed by Marius Petipa in 1890, and revived by Yuri Grigorovich in 2011, the Bolshoi dancers give stunning performances in this technically challenging ballet.

“Earlier, we organised screenings of the National Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera. We realised how it would be impossible to see these shows elsewhere and otherwise. So, I’m sure Sleeping Beauty will also be well received. The earlier shows had caught on instantly,” shares Gahlot.

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