Nashville Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty

See Kayla Rowser as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty

See Kayla Rowser as Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty.

Nashville Ballet will open its performance season with one of the most beloved ballets of all time, The Sleeping Beauty, Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, 2017 at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. The Sleeping Beauty features some of the most challenging classical choreography ever created, an iconic score performed live by the Nashville Symphony, along with sets and costumes never before seen in Music City.

The Sleeping Beauty ballet is based on the famous fairytale by Charles Perrault and debuted in 1890 featuring choreography by Marius Petipa (known as the “father of classical ballet”) and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Even today, The Sleeping Beauty is regarded as the epitome of classical ballet.

The Sleeping Beauty has set the standard for classical dancing in the ‘academic’ style, meaning it uses the purest steps, movements and gestures to tell a story,” Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling said. “Petipa was at the height of his choreographic prowess when he created The Sleeping Beauty. He made full use of the newly advanced pointe work, and the steps are still some of the most difficult around. Dancers are often measured by their ability to master this work, and it remains the ultimate test for a ballet company.”

Last presented by Nashville Ballet in 2012, The Sleeping Beauty features Petipa’s original choreography with updates from Vasterling. The timeless tale follows Princess Aurora, who is cursed to sleep for 100 years until a dashing prince’s kiss breaks the spell. The Sleeping Beauty depicts the search for an idealized version of love, but also explores the conflicting forces of good vs. evil represented by the noble Lilac Fairy and villainous Carabosse.

Though Carabosse is a female character, the role is often performed by a male dancer. In Nashville Ballet’s production, company dancer Jon Upleger will dance the role for the first time. The professional company dancers will be joined on stage by more than 50 youth cast members age 6 and 7 years old from School of Nashville Ballet as flower girls and fairy pages.

The Sleeping Beauty is presented by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Benefits, Inc., Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance and Mix 92.9. This ballet is family-friendly, but the length may not be suitable for all children; the run time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (including 2 intermissions).

The Sleeping Beauty will be at TPAC’s Jackson Hall for three (3) performances: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 2 p.m.; Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2 p.m.Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at NashvilleBallet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at: NashvilleBallet.com/The-Sleeping-Beauty.