Audiences will be able to relive the magic of their favourite childhood fairytale when the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB)’s production of The Sleeping Beauty returns February 28 to March 4 at the Centennial Concert Hall.
Originally created in Russia just over a century ago, The Sleeping Beauty is based on the 1697 story of the same name by author Charles Perrault. The ballet is a collaboration between choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky who partnered on the beloved classic Swan Lake too.
A timeless fairytale that takes you on a journey to an enchanted kingdom where good triumphs over evil through a single kiss, The Sleeping Beauty is a fantasy come to life with a cast of familiar storybook characters including Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, the Lilac Fairy, Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Wolf. The work has become one of RWB’s most revered classical ballets and its lavish sets, lyrically poignant melodies, and beautiful costumes have been cherished by audiences of all ages since it first premiered in Winnipeg in 2002.
“Our Season of Storytelling continues with The Sleeping Beauty, a timeless gem in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s classical repertoire,” said RWB Artistic Director André Lewis. “Featuring a glorious score by Tchaikovsky and the masterful choreography by Petipa, this ballet is pure pleasure for both audiences and dancers alike.”
The Sleeping Beauty’s romantic costumes, most notably the colourful tutu’s worn by the six fairies, were originally created by costume designer Shannon Lovelace and outgoing RWB Wardrobe Director Anne Armit. The Sleeping Beauty’s extravagant sets and fairytale scenery were created by Michael Eagan, and lighting was created by Michael J. Whitfield. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will be accompanying all the performances lead by WSO Conductor Earl Stafford.
DON’T MISS THESE SPECIAL TREATS:
Backstage Tour: Join RWB Production Stage Manager Ingrid Kottke for an intimate look at the exciting world of dance behind the scenes on Thursday, March 1, Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3 following the performance. Tickets to the tour are free, but limited, and available at intermission.
Meet the Dancers: RWB dancers will be available for photos and to sign autographs on Wednesday, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1 immediately following the performance.
Tickets for The Sleeping Beauty start as low as $30 for adults and $25 for children, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased online at www.rwb.org, in person through the RWB Customer Service Office at 380 Graham Avenue or by calling 204-956-2792 or toll free 1-800-667-4792. Groups of ten or more should contact the RWB Customer Service Office for more information on group discounts.
Please note that the RWB does not sell tickets through any third-party websites.