The Sleeping Beauty ballet production follows the story written and published by Charles Perrault in 1697, not the Disney movie. As a matter of fact, Tchaikovsky composed music for The Sleeping Beauty ballet 192 years after Charles Perrault published the story, and 70 years before the Disney movie came out. So, if you’re expecting the princess to wear pink, you are going to be disappointed. However, the ballet is sure to take you to a magnificent world of love, magic, and royalty.
Each dancer’s costume was beautifully crafted and glittering magically. The sets and props looked like they came straight out of the fairy tale. Some parts of the ballet were really funny. The dance of the Happiness Fairy from the Prologue got some people giggling by dancing fast, while her arms were flopping like a fish out of water. In the last act, Puss in Boots and his lady cat friend made people roar with laughter by picking cute cat-fights. During the entire ballet, the dancers were in sync with each other and with the music.
The Colorado Ballet features a live orchestra. After all, you can’t go wrong with a magnificent professional orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s music, can you? The percussionist’s hands looked still while the mallets appeared as if they were moving by themselves at one point during the overture. The best seats to see this wonderful orchestra are in the Mezzanine, Loge, or Balcony.
The Sleeping Beauty ballet performances run through Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Tickets range from 28 dollars to 154 dollars. The ballet contains three acts and a Prologue. Because the ballet is 2 hours and 40 minutes long, it might not be a good idea for children under 4 years old to attend.