Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 

 

 
 
click to go to advertisers website
 
Charming Sleeping Beauty '...Beautiful at the Ballet'
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Charming Sleeping Beauty '...Beautiful at the Ballet'

by Milton W. Hamlin - SGN A&E Writer

The Sleeping Beauty Pacific Northwest Ballet Through February 14

Broadway's A Chorus Line has a famous song and lyric that seems to have been written to sum up Pacific Northwest Ballet's current production of The Sleeping Beauty. "Everything Was Beautiful at the Ballet" is the song's title and opening line, and everything was beautiful at the ballet on opening night last week.

The Sleeping Beauty is an encore production for PNB. It first entered the Seattle company's repertoire in the 2000-2001 season and has had several successful revivals in the past decade. It uses "modern choreography" by England's Ronald Hynd with, as is traditional with newer versions of the legendary historic Russian ballets, lengthy solo sections and excerpts from Marius Petipa, who created most of the world-famous Russian ballets. The fabled score by Tchaikovsky is beautifully played by the PNB orchestra under the baton of Allan Dameron, PNB's acting musical director/conductor. Annette Page, Hynd's wife and a former ballerina who danced leading roles in major English and other European companies, now works with her husband as assistant to the choreographer. As a team, they restage his major works throughout the world.

On opening night, Kaori Nakamura, a principal dancer since 1998, was radiant as Princess Aurora, the title character. Like all major ballet companies, PNB casts multiple dancers in leading roles for the demanding, two-week runs, and while all audiences will see a talented soloist in all major roles, it is unlikely that any will see a more brilliant dancer than Nakamura was on opening night. It was a performance that makes legends.

Always breathtaking, Nakamura was especially stunning in the world-famous "Rose Adagio," one of the centerpiece moments in Sleeping Beauty - and a centerpiece in the world of classical ballet, for that matter. In the "Rose Adagio," Princess Aurora goes en pointe, balancing on one toe as she receives a single rose from each of four suitors, her cavaliers, dukes of other French provinces. She stays - amazingly - en pointe as she bows to each suitor, accepts his rose, and completes the circle of four men. It is a moment that never fails to amaze the audience, be they first-timers or ballet veterans. (It would be hard for many to stand on a single foot and bow and gather the roses while turning a complete circle. It's impossible for most people to imagine doing it standing on a toe shoe.)

The ballet's second most famous role is the Lilac Fairy of Wisdom. At Aurora's christening, in the lengthy prologue, the evil fairy Carabosse arrives uninvited. She is furious at the slight and curses the infant - at age 16, Aurora will prick her finger of a spinning wheel's spindle and die. The Lilac Fairy cannot undo the evil curse, but using her wisdom and unbestowed christening gift, she can change the death sentence into 100 years of sleep. Aurora, now Sleeping Beauty, can only be awakened by the true love of an ardent prince with a promise of marriage. On opening night, Olivier Wevers, in dark drag, played Carabosse, and Carla Korbes played the Lilac Fairy. Both were outstanding.

Act One follows after the Prologue and the evening's first intermission. It is Aurora's 16th birthday celebration and the curse, of course, comes true. Aurora and the full court fall into a deep sleep as thick vines and foliage rise around the palace to protect it from intrusion.

Act Two finds Prince Florimund "of a nearby kingdom" entering the enchanted woods with his hunting party. The Lilac Ferry tells him (in dance, of course) the legend of Sleeping Beauty, and even conjures up a vision of Aurora who dances for the Prince. There is no surprise when the Prince falls madly in love with Aurora and rushes off to find her, awaken her with a kiss, and plan their marriage and life together. Lucian Postlewaite was fine as the Prince, but the whole show really belongs to Aurora and the Lilac Fairy.

The final act brings the wedding center stage. Various characters - including Puss in Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and her Wolf - arrive to present wedding dances as gifts to the happy couple. At the finale, the Lilac Fairy and her nymphs are revealed in the sky above blessing the happy couple. It is just one of many scenes of pure enchantment.

There is so much to rave about with PNB's The Sleeping Beauty. The colors of the costumes alone deserve mention - emerald, sapphire, ruby, garnet, topaz, cognac, champagne. The list goes on and on. The precision, the talent of the corps de ballet, the talented dancers who have a brief solo or pairing, the delightful tiny tots who steal the audience's heart in one brief scene - these, too, deserve mention. As it is, The Sleeping Beauty is a joy to behold. And, yes, "everything is beautiful at the ballet." Check it out. Highest recommendation.

The Sleeping Beauty continues through February 14 - a perfect choice for a Valentine's Day outing. Details at (206) 441-2424. At press time, good seating was available for most of the remaining shows.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

RuPaul's Drag Race: Rounding the first Drag Race curve
------------------------------
Wilco a crowd-pleaser at the Paramount
------------------------------
Teatro ZinZanni offers a daring evening of dinner and dance
------------------------------
Charming Sleeping Beauty '...Beautiful at the Ballet'
------------------------------
Jack's Mannequin a sexy, stripped-down show
------------------------------
Showtunes Theatre gets a permanant home at Moore
------------------------------
Violet Hour a trip through time, 'What if?'
------------------------------
RuPaul's queens 'a downright blast'
------------------------------

------------------------------
Prop 8 Trial Re-enactment
------------------------------
Beyond tomorrow: A history of Little Orphan Annie
------------------------------
Police, Adjective another darling of Cannes
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Q-Scopes by Jack Fertig
------------------------------

------------------------------
SGN summarizes the glamorous Grammys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Vampire Weekend
------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
Letters
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Deep Inside Hollywood - Romeo San Vicente
------------------------------

------------------------------
Book Marks
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Lost in Yonkers rings true in today's climate
------------------------------
Pinter debut promises more great productions
------------------------------

------------------------------
Actors' hard work can't save pointless Great Divorce
------------------------------
Met broadcasts with Cuteness and Assonance
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2010

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News