The Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo, will present Russian National Ballet Theatre in "The Sleeping Beauty" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Mainstage Theatre, located at the Center for the Arts (UB North campus).
"The Sleeping Beauty" is a full-length ballet in three acts with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowski and choreography by Marius Petipa. It premiered in St. Petersburg in 1890. A crowning jewel of Petipa's career, it is often considered the finest achievement of classical ballet. Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for the ballet, which was based on Charles Perrault's well-known fairy tale.
A company of 50, The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union's ballet institutions were exercising their newfound creative freedom.
In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. She focused the company on upholding the tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents throughout Russia, with a repertory of virtually all of the great full works of Petipa.
Tickets are available at the UBCFA box office (weekdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and tickets.com. To charge tickets, call 1-888-223-6000. Groups can call 716-645-6771. For more information, call 716-645-2787 or visit www.ubcfa.org.