Sleeping Beauty is one of the great story ballets — Marat Daukayev’s favorite, in fact. With wonderful music by Tchaikovsky, a fairy tale plot of the triumph of good over evil, and classical courtly style, Sleeping Beauty is the ideal production for our young but accomplished dancers. Along with Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, the Lilac Fairy and the vengeful fairy Carabosse, the ballet includes fairies, ladies of court and a procession of fairy tale characters, including Puss in Boots and the White Cat, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, and Hop-o’-My-Thumb, his brothers and the Ogre.
Originally a story in two acts about a young Spanish gypsy, Paquita was revived in 1881 in St. Petersburg by Petipa with musical additions by Ludwig Minkus. It is this one-act, non-narrative version that is now a staple of the classical repertoire. Petipa’s choreography includes the famous Grand Pas Classique, the Pas de Trois and the Children’s Mazurka. Paquita is a much-loved ballet where a company can showcase the talents of its soloists.