The award-winning Plainfield Dance Academy kicks off the 2018 dance season with two performances of “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet: Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 5 p.m. at Chicago’s Studebaker Theatre, 401 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL; and Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Plainfield North High School Auditorium, 12005 S 248th Ave., Plainfield, IL.
Plainfield Dance Academy’s presentation of “The Sleeping Beauty” features a lavish set and costumes, a company of 50 dancers including students, ages 8-18, and professional dancers of international renown such as Arionel Vargas with choreography by Altin Naska and Olena Nalyvaiko after Marius Petipa. Music for “The Sleeping Beauty” was composed by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky.
First presented at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty remains the best example of narrative ballet theater. As this timeless story unfolds, viewers come to believe in fairies who can magically soften a curse, thereby rescuing all goodness from evil, and in a hero united with his true love.
“The visual images of movement, the sumptuous music and the story works together to create a powerful and emotional experience,” said Altin Naska, artistic director of Plainfield Dance Academy. “This is an ageless story for all ages to enjoy!”