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'Sleeping Beauty' comes to the Palace

'Sleeping Beauty' comes to the Palace

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa to perform the classic ballet
'Sleeping Beauty' comes to the Palace
A scene from "The Sleeping Beauty."
Photographer: photos provided

A much-celebrated tale about a curse, a few fairies, a prince and a princess will play out on stage at the Palace Theatre on Tuesday. 

Though “The Sleeping Beauty” has been performed many times over the years, the story never seems to lose its appeal. The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa is slated to bring the story ballet with its colorful costumes and fantastical set.    

“This is a story about true love,” said Anna Tyutyunik, a principal ballerina in the company. She’ll be performing alongside over 50 other dancers in the company. The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa was founded in 1923 and has performed all over the world

"The Sleeping Beauty” has been a part of the company’s repertoire for decades. Based on the sixteenth-century story by Charles Perrault, the ballet tells the tale of Princess Aurora who is awakened from a 100-year sleep by a prince. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed the music and Marius Petipa choreographed the very first performance of “The Sleeping Beauty” in 1890. 

It remains one of the most intricate and beautiful ballets, according to Igor Levin, the CEO and president of Hollywood Entertainment Group. He organizes the American tours for the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. While this isn’t the first year the company will have performed at the Palace Theatre, it’ll be the first time on tour with “The Sleeping Beauty."

“‘Sleeping Beauty’ is [a] more interesting story, more people, more costumes, more activity,” Levin said.

It’s also the most difficult for dancers to perform, even compared to other classic ballets like “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.” 

"[It’s the] hardest for ballet artists,” Levin said. Especially for characters like Princess Aurora, whose moral aptitude is shown through choreography that seems light and effortless to the audience but is technically challenging. 

But for Tyutyunik, it’s a wonderful story to get lost in. She’s been with the company for about ten years. In this touring production, she’s one of the fairies in the first act, as well as the Little Red Riding Hood in the last act. 

“This is a gorgeous ballet. We have very, very strong soloists,” Tyutyunik said. 

So far, the company has been on tour for about a month and they’ll wrap up in another month said Tyutyunik. It’s been incredible to explore the U.S., though Tyutyunik added that performing in different theaters every night can be difficult because of the sheer number of performances they have to fit in as well as learning the layout of every stage.

"Sometimes we have different sizes of stages and we have different dressing rooms,” Tyutyunik said, “Sometimes we’re dancing in very beautiful, ancient theaters, sometimes we have completely new theaters. [Every time] it’s different.”

Tyutyunik said she’s looking forward to coming to Albany and transforming the Palace. 
 “People who will come to our performance will be in a real fairy tale,” Tyutyunik said. 

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Tue. 
WHERE: Palace Theatre
TICKETS: $38-68
MORE INFO: palacealbany.org 

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