Wednesday, March 14
Sleeping Beauty Dances Onto Stage
“Deserved ‘bravos’ within minutes of the opening steps”
– Las Vegas Review Journal
Moscow Festival Ballet
sumptuous sets, exquisite costumes, spectacular dancers…
Bring the family and make a day in Portsmouth - $15 for 15 and under!
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 4pm
Enter a storybook kingdom set in the realm of the imagination when The Music Hall presents its annual Spring ballet - this year, the magical dance experience of Sleeping Beauty by the Moscow Festival Ballet on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 4pm in the Historic Theater. Each Spring, The Music Hall’s ballet becomes a special occasion in Portsmouth when families get dressed up and come out on the town. The 4pm timing of the performance means that it is easy to make a festive day of the experience with a Sunday brunch beforehand or dinner afterward at one of the local restaurants. And, the price is right – with the “$15 for 15 and under” ticket. According to Phillip Marcus, a member of The Music Hall Board of Trustees, “The ballet is a great opportunity to expose children to another world. I believe that it is like planting a seed. Even if a child doesn’t immediately love ballet, you are lighting a pilot light that will ignite later on.”
Often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet, Sleeping Beauty was the crowning jewel of choreographer Marius Petipa’s career. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, it tells the dramatic story of a young girl’s coming of age and the triumph of good over evil. Princess Aurora is cursed by an evil fairy to die on her 16th birthday, but her life is saved by the kind gift of the Lilac Fairy. The princess and her court fall into an enchanted slumber, enveloped in a thick forest of thorns and shrubbery, until a daring prince discovers Aurora and awakens her with a kiss. The acclaimed Moscow Festival Ballet, directed by Sergei Radchenko, brings this timeless classic to The Music Hall, complete with sumptuous sets, exquisite costumes and spectacular dancers from across Russia.
About The Moscow Festival Ballet
The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet. Leading dancers from across the Russias have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.
Praise for the Moscow Festival Ballet
“An impressive performance of a classical ballet, energized with dramatic expression and sensational steps.” —The Chronicle, Durham, North Carolina
“The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body.”—The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina
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To purchase tickets
Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty will appear at The Music Hall’s Historic Theater on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 4pm. Tickets are $50 and $38 ($15 for 15 and under) and can be purchased at The Music Hall box office at 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, by phone at 603-436-2400, or online.