Los Angeles is stretching its cultural muscles this month, as not one but two dance companies mount the classic ballet Sleeping Beauty. Here?s why even non-balletomanes should spend a fantastical evening:
1. Tchaikovsky Super-sensuous, sweet melodies are the hallmark of this genius Russian composer, and Sleeping Beauty, the third in his trilogy that also includes The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, is full of them.
2. Variety There?s so much talent to choose from, starting with American Ballet Theater?s worldwide premiere in Costa Mesa (through Sunday), in which the matinee performance showcases cultural diversity with South Korean principal dancer Hee Seo as Princess Aurora. (Check out this arty video.)
Later in March, the Los Angeles Ballet performs its version of the production, including new choreography. The 37-member company includes a vengeful fairy danced by co-artistic director Colleen Neary, who?s been a favorite since her days of dancing with New York City Ballet.
3. Princess Power Aww, shucks--it?s a dreamy fairy-tale about a beautiful princess whose curse can only be broken by a handsome prince?s kiss. Totally romantic, ?nuff said.