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Russian National Ballet Theatre Bringing ‘Sleeping Beauty’ to Hatfield Hall Stage

December 16, 2014

Sleeping Beauty

Beautiful Ballet: Russian National Ballet Theater principal dancers Tatiana Chernobrovkina and Dmitry Zababourin are featured in a scene from Act III of The Sleeping Beauty. (Photo provided by Columbia Artists Management)

The Russian National Ballet Theatre will showcase the grandiose style of ballet in a lavish theatrical setting while presenting the popular The Sleeping Beauty on January 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Hatfield Hall Theater.

The talented dancers have become a local crowd favorite, presenting Swan Lake, Coppelia, and Giselle during past winter treks to Terre Haute as part of Rose-Hulman’s Performing Arts Series.

“This special group of world-class dancers has developed a faithful following throughout the Wabash Valley. They showcase the beauty of ballet and theatrical storytelling,” says Hatfield Hall/Performing Arts Series Manager Dan Tryon.

Tickets are limited for this spectacular show, sponsored by Terre Haute’s Academy of Dance. Prices are $35 for adults and $30 for youths. Tickets can be purchased online, by calling 812-877-8544, or visiting the Hatfield Hall Ticket Desk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

This year, the Russian National Ballet Theatre brings to Rose-Hulman what is considered the finest achievement of classical ballet. It features Tchaikovsky’s delightful music and Marius Petipa's artistic choreography in telling Charles Perrault's well-known fairy tale.

The Sleeping Beauty is a supreme demonstration of the challenge of Petipa's style—steel-point work, sharply accented spinning turns, soaring leaps, high extensions, brilliant battery (beats in the air), and daring lifts across the Hatfield Hall Theater stage.

The themes—a young girl's coming of age and the triumph of good over evil—are developed dramatically and musically during the course of the ballet. Each of the three acts includes an Adagio for Princess Aurora: celebrating her girlhood, her falling in love, and her marriage.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s. The company’s principal dancers came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev, and even Warsaw. Today, there are more than 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception.

In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by presidential decree to assume the first permanent artistic directorship of the company. Radchenko has focused the company on upholding the grand national tradition of the major Russian ballet works and developing new talents.



The Sleeping Beauty
Presented by the Russian National Ballet Theatre
Sponsored by the Academy of Dance
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.

Hatfield Hall Theater
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
5500 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute

Tickets: $35 for adults; $30 for youths. Purchase tickets online, by calling 812-877-8544, or visiting the Hatfield Hall Ticket Desk from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.