"Sleeping Beauty" Ballet a Sleeping Giant
Review of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 45th Season Opening Ballet
by Good News Reporter, Joanne Quinn-Smith
This past week-end the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater opened its 45th Season with a stunning performance of “Sleeping Beauty,” telling theMartin West. In our humble view it rivaled the performances of much larger ballet companies. With all the special effects and beautiful period costumes, my granddaughter said, "It's like a movie."
What an engaging ballet couple, Julia Erikson as Princess Aurora and Noralan Abougaliev as Prince Desire.
We especially enjoyed the fairy solos in the first act accompanied by the men of the corps de ballet. What strong and mesmerizing performances. We often don't realize that ballet artists are real athletes. This is particularly emphasized in the famous “Rose Adagio,” performed by Aurora and her four suitors, showcases the strength and control of the ballerina through a series of impressive balances and promenades. Just the length of time Julia held he poses with grace and seemed to do it with such grace and ease was phenomenal to watch.
The orchestra, playing Tchaikovsky’s historic score under the baton of guest conductor Martin West, this “Sleeping Beauty” truly could feed the soul of any arts enthusiast. Ballet is so much more exciting with a live orchestra out front and center.
|photo by Rich Sofranko. |
Artists: Amanda Cochrane & Yoshiaki Nakano.
“The Sleeping Beauty” features scenic and costume designs by David Walker, who evokes a 17 century theme with the regal columns and gold finery of the palace that frames the story. Costume styles include the intricate classical tutus of the fairies, elaborate robes of the courtesans and the jeweled snakes and spiders of Carabosse’s costume. Stage effects also enhance the atmosphere, especially with the entrance of Carabosse, whose carriage arrives onstage in a swirl of fog and thunder accompanied by her ghouls. I was particularly impressed with the sheer curtaining, barely discernible that was part of the scenery that set the mood with several acts. We are so blessed in Pittsburgh with what his ballet theatre can produce in a relatively small city and with I am sure not the resources of bigger city corps.
|Amanda Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano in Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's |
'The Sleeping Beauty.' photo by Rich Sofranko
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