At Diana Worthum Theater yesterday a voice on an intercom called for all dancers to meet on stage. With a flutter of tutus, tool, and wigs, the performers from Asheville Ballet appeared and launched into their dress rehearsal for this weekend’s performance of Sleeping Beauty.
The familiar childhood story took on new beauty as I watched the ballerinas, minions and fairies dance across the stage. The color and fantasy of the costumes are eye-catching and bring the characters to life.
The Asheville Ballet performs Sleeping Beauty at Diana Wortham Theatre, tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 pm. Tickets range from $15 to $40, with group rates available in all sections. Call the box office at (828) 257-4530 for reservations, and call Ann Dunn, Director, at (828) 258-1028 for group rates.
Look for more photo coverage of Sleeping Beauty from the Mountain Xpress later this weekend after both shows are complete.
From the press release:
The Asheville Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty recreates the original choreography in all of its splendor and grace. Children and adults will be charmed by ballet’s greatest classic. This all-time favorite story of a battle between good and evil is one of the world’s favorite love stories. The beautiful princess, Aurora, is cursed by the horrible fairy, Carabosse, blessed by the Lilac Fairy, and rescued from her hundred-year old slumber by the handsome prince, Desiree. The audience will laugh with the clumsy butler, will enjoy such familiar characters as Little Red Riding Hood, and will be spooked by Carabosse’s scary minions. Of course, the golden wedding pas de deux is classical ballet at its best.