Celebrating its 150th Anniversary, The National Ballet of Ukraine proudly announces one of its majestic spectacles – “The Sleeping Beauty” within its first-time American tour. The singular piece is a renowned world classic adapted by Ukrainian troupe in a unique style combining classic techniques with original dancing methods including signature lightness and grace of movements that create the impression of the dancers hardly touching the floor en pointe as if floating over the stage. This technique is the rightful heir of the old tradition Russian ballet. The ballet features elaborate choreography complemented by vivid costumes and scenery, Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, and a cast of fabulous characters.
Staged in 1938 for the first time at The National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre the current version was updated in 1990 by choreographer Viktor Lytvynov. It is one of the most elegant productions presented by the troupe, requiring 42 artists on stage.
The fairy-ballet acted out by The National Ballet of Ukraine has a structure of two acts with a prologue and an apotheosis with total running time of 2 hours 55 minutes and presented with one interval.