Dance: A Glimpse into Fairyland

A.B.T.'s new Sleeping Beauty casts a poignant spell

With its thrillingly melodic Tchaikovsky score, its elegant dances, its vivid evocation of a faraway fairy kingdom, The Sleeping Beauty is the quintessential classical ballet. Everyone should see it as a child and as an adult, and every company should have an exquisite production to offer.

Alas, that is not the case. An enchanting Beauty is about as difficult to come by as a formula for magic. Most of the women's roles are difficult and must be carried off with the sort of aristocratic elan that only technically strong performers can muster. The character dances and, above all, the mime are...

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