Ballet: “The Sleeping Beauty” in NYC
The rendition of Tchaikovsky’s ballet by Chiara Ajkun performed by the Ajkun Ballet Theatre opens April 2023 with the enchanting world of fairies and the classic story of Aurora cursed to sleep and awakened by love.
Based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale “The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood” (1697), the ballet The Sleeping Beauty premiered in 1890 at the Mariinksy Theater with a strong French flavor, choreographed by Marius Petipa to music by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. In the world of fairies and illuminating vignettes borrowed from other tales, Princess Aurora is cursed to sleep by the malevolent Carabosse (AKA Maleficent) and awakened after 100 years by the pure love of Prince Désiré.
Chiara Ajkun’s rendering of timeless classics are dynamic one act versions reenergizing iconic ballets into emotionally and physically intense works where the centerstage is the richness of the choreography, the fascinating music, and the elegant lines of the dancers. The Sleeping Beauty will be performed in two different setting, the traditional Theater Series and in the intimate setting of the Face To Face Series and is completed by an after show meet-and-greet the cast.