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The American Ballet Theatre World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty

We attended as a guest of the SCFTA

Diana Vishneva (Princess Aurora) and Marcelo Gomes (Prince DŽsirŽ) in Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty.  Photo: Gene Schiavone.

Diana Vishneva (Princess Aurora) and Marcelo Gomes (Prince DŽsirŽ) in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Gene Schiavone.

Romantic, classic and timeless, American Ballet Theatre elegantly performed the World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty for a packed audience at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Princess Aurora and Prince Desire, danced by Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes, delighted southern California ballet lovers as they shared the fantasy story of Sleeping Beauty with precision and grace.

ABT The Sleeping Beauty - Diana Vishneva as Princess Aurora - by Gene Schiavone

ABT The Sleeping Beauty – Diana Vishneva as Princess Aurora – by Gene Schiavone

Misty Copeland also made an appearance as the Fleur de Farine Fairy during the Prologue. Her pirouettes were perfection and her poise was undeniable. ABT, known for their elaborate costumes, spared no expense in creating this production. The glistening, colorful, and intricately designed costumes were breathtaking and a character in their own right. Tchaikovsky’s music was performed beautifully by The Pacific Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ormsby Wilkins.

ABT The Sleeping Beauty - Nancy Raffa as Carabosse - photo by Doug Gifford (7)

ABT The Sleeping Beauty – Nancy Raffa as Carabosse – photo by Doug Gifford (7)

The Sleeping Beauty, directed by Artist Director, Kevin McKenzie, is approximately a three-hour production with two intermissions. The Prologue-The Christening, Act I-Aurora’s Birthday, Act 2, The Hunt, The Vision and The Awakening, and Act 3- The Wedding. Guests to the wedding were well-known fairy tale characters; including, Puss-in-Boots, Cinderella and Princess Florine and the Bluebird. The grand pas de deux closed out the performance with a standing ovation from the audience.

ABT The Sleeping Beauty - photo by Doug Gifford

ABT The Sleeping Beauty – photo by Doug Gifford

Choreographed by Marius Petipa and staged by Alexei Ratmansky, The Sleeping Beauty will be playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts from March 3rd through March 8th. Themed activities are offered on the Orchestra Terrace Level Lobby.

ABT The Sleeping Beauty - Tatiana Ratmansky-the Queen; Diana Vishneva - Aurora - Gene Schiavone

ABT The Sleeping Beauty – Tatiana Ratmansky-the Queen; Diana Vishneva – Aurora – Gene Schiavone

Pre-show activities include:

Costume sketches and a set model designed by Richard Hudson – based on the historic work of Léon Bakst – will be on exhibit.

Coloring stations for children will be available on the Orchestra Terrace Level, featuring Richard Hudson’s costume designs for Princess Aurora and Prince Désiré.

Learn fun facts about The Sleeping Beauty, such as the meaning behind the Lilac Fairy’s pantomime and why the role of Princess Aurora is considered one of the most difficult roles in ballet.

Preview Talks will be conducted by Elizabeth Kaye, author of American Ballet Theatre: A Twenty-Five Year Retrospective.

Tickets are priced starting at $29 and are available now at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa.

An Orange County mother of four, Tonya Goodbrand, loves exploring the world and sharing it with her family. She has a passion for travel which is quite contagious. Tonya hopes to inspire families to venture out of their comfort zone and see the world through their children’s eyes.
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