The internationally acclaimed Russian National Ballet Theatre, under the artistic direction of Evgenya Rytova, held us spellbound with its gorgeous production of "The Sleeping Beauty" at the State Theatre on Friday 9 October 2015.
The State Theatre is without doubt a truly impressive venue. This theatre was opened in 1929 and it was recognised by the National Trust of Australia as "a building of great historical significance and high architectural quality". It was one of the oldest theatres and it has been fully restored to its former magnificent glory.
From the moment we walked in we could not help but admire the workmanship that went into building this stunning unique theatre. The atmosphere of the whole place was quite special and it just felt luxurious to watch a live ballet performance.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded with support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is on a creative upswing, it housed more than 50 ballet dancers and collectively, they give Russian ballet a new lease of life.
Sleeping Beauty is one of the most beautiful in classical ballet, featuring the gorgeous music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is one of the most lavish theatrical events of all time, the original St Petersburg staging of The Sleeping Beauty in 1890 was a spectacular illustration of the Russian Imperial style at its zenith. Today it remains the cornerstone of The Russian National Ballet Theatre's repertory.
This Sleeping Beauty version has all the elements of an enduring fairytale. The current glamorous fairytale staging was directed by Stanislav Rybin, and he successfully evoked the Russian Imperial era in which the ballet was created. Together with a huge cast and glorious Tchaikovsky scores, Rybin delivered the very essence of classical grandeur.
The dancer in the role of Princess Aurora seemed as though she could fly. Her impressive non-stop twirls defeated the law of gravity and occupational ankle sprains or injuries. We were so amazed at her balance and precision movements. The ballerina portraying the statuesque Lilac Fairy was stunning beautiful and mesmerizing. Her moves were refined and commanded a regal feel. The rest of the ballerinas glided across the stage with such effortless grace and ease.
Aside from the breathtaking dancing, the ballet costumes were spectacular gorgeous in design. Natalya Govorukhina's stunning and elegant costume pieces complemented the magical fairytale perfectly, these delicate gem-clustered costumes glittered under the spotlights and accentuated the lightness of the dancers. They truly stood out.
This version has all the elements of an enduring fairytale: romance, magic, fate, beauty, and of course, love! All in all, this magnificent Sleeping Beauty production was a feast for the eyes and ears from the beginning to the end.