Well before it was a Disney cartoon, the story of a beautiful princess cursed by an evil witch to sleep for a hundred years, then awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince, was told through dance: The Sleeping Beautywas first performed as a ballet in 1890.
"It's a very large, very grand ballet, and it's an audience favorite," says Gil Boggs, artistic director for the Colorado Ballet. And that large, grand ballet is taking to the stage starting this weekend and running on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 21.
"There's a lot of interest in ballet right now," Boggs says, evidenced by 2010's smash hit Black Swan, televised competitive dancing shows and a new reality show about a ballet troupe. "And the one thing about this art form is that, yes, it is classical ballet, but it's so athletic. It's amazing what these dancers are able to do with their bodies, and it's happening right before your eyes."
And this ballet pulls out all the stops; Boggs thinks that between the costumes and the dancers, it might be the biggest production the Colorado Ballet has ever staged. "In the third act, the wedding scene, there are representatives from other stories — Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, Puss in Boots. There are several characters of interest in this production."