Moscow Festival Ballet to Perform ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at River Campus

Photo of Princess Aurora and her suitor.

Moscow Festival Ballet will perform Marius Petipa’s “Sleeping Beauty” at 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 8, 2010 – As part of its coast-to-coast tour, the Moscow Festival Ballet will bring the timeless classic “Sleeping Beauty” to life at 7:30 p.m. April 22 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Cape Girardeau is a stop on the company’s 17-week tour throughout the United States that included a recent performance in Charleston, S.C. There, the Charleston Post and Courier offered the production a rave review.

“When Marianna Chemalina as Princess Aurora leapt on stage in strawberry pink and greeted five suitors for her 16th birthday, she balanced on one toe, holding her other leg, in an arabesque. This was just one example of the remarkable control and razor-sharp technique shown throughout the Moscow Festival Ballet’s performance of Marius Petipa’s ‘Sleeping Beauty,’” Dottie Ashley wrote in the Post and Courier Review

“Sleeping Beauty,” a full-length ballet, is composed of three acts and uses Marius Petipa’s original choreography to the music of Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  The ballet was first performed in 1890 in Marinski Theatre in St. Petersburg.  The performance follows the classic fairy tale in which Princess Aurora endures an enchantment of a 100-year slumber.  Finally, Prince Charming has a vision of Aurora conjured by Lilac Fairy and awakens the Princess with a gentle kiss.

The ballet features the fairy tale’s common themes of coming-of-age and the triumph of good over evil.  The challenging choreography is a prime example of Petipa’s work, complete with complex turns, daring lifts, high extensions, difficult point work and brilliant leaps.

Cape Girardeau is just one stop on the company’s 17-week tour throughout the United States.  This will be its fourth tour in the country.  The company also has completed two European tours since its founding in 1989 by legendary Russian dancer, Sergei Radchenko.  Radchenko has some of Russia’s leading dancers under his direction in his productions of classic ballets such as “Giselle,” “Don Quixote,” “Paquita” and “Carmen.”  Many of his ballets, including “Sleeping Beauty,” feature Petipa’s original choreography. 

Bob Cerchio, assistant director at the River Campus, explained, “Columbia Artists Management, Inc., is one of the top five booking agencies in the world.  They continually bring the finest national and international acts to the United States.  The Moscow Ballet Festival is the third Russian ballet company we’ve been privileged to bring to Cape.  It is an outstanding companyᾰone which normally tours only to major cities.  I hope the people of the region will take advantage of yet another magnificent full-length ballet.”

Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265.  Tickets also may be purchased at any MetroTix outlet, online at MetroTix.com, keyword “Sleeping” or by calling toll-free: (800) 293-5949.