Ballet West is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this year with a favorite classic during the month of February—The Sleeping Beauty.
Ballet West typically stages a romantic-leaning performance in it’s first ballet of the calendar year and the timeless tale of The Sleeping Beauty is always a hit with audiences young and old.
The ballet is a traditional telling of the story of good over evil. After princess Aurora is born, the fairies of Beauty, Joy, Kindness, Temperament and Wisdom are all invited to celebrate but the fairy of Jealousy is not. In anger, Jealousy (Carabosse) curses the child to prick her finger on a spindle and die. Fortunately, the fairy of Wisdom (the Lilac Fairy) has not yet bestowed her gift on Aurora and spares the princess from death. Instead of dying, she and the kingdom will fall under an enchanting sleep lasting 100 years. Only the kiss of a prince will awaken them.
The female roles of Princess Aurora, danced by Christina Bennett; the Lilac Fairy performed by Elizabeth McGrath; and Allison DeBona’s interpretation of Carabosse were all stand outs on opening night. Along with splendid performances from principals and soloists, The Lilac Fairy Attendants brought precision and the children cast as pages and heralds added whimsy and interest to the stage.
There are still three performances of this romantic and beautiful ballet to be enjoyed over the weekend.
- Saturday, February 15 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, February 16 at 2 p.m.
All remaining seats for the Sunday matinee performance are just $25 if you use the promo code SUNDAYSPECIAL for online-only purchases.
All performance are at the newly remodeled Capitol Theatre in downtown Salt Lake City.