Ballet Philippines’ Sleeping Beauty Premieres at Enchanted Kingdom

IT has been 23 years since Ballet Philippines staged a full-length version of “The Sleeping Beauty.” This February 25, they awaken Enchanted Kingdom’s park guests with the magical ballet’s resplendent sets, costumes, and of course, its outstanding dancing

The most prestigious ballet company, Ballet Philippines is set to stage another world-class dance masterpiece at the country’s first and premier theme park – Enchanted Kingdom. Led by artistic director Paul Alexander Morales, the beautiful ballet The Sleeping Beauty will be a treat to all park guests on February 25 at the Enchanting Events Place (EEP) at 5:00 PM.

This timeless and classic fairytale production will retell the story and the curse of the beautiful princess Aurora, her lilac fairies and the promise of a true love’s kiss. The Sleeping Beauty will enthrall kids and kids at heart to rekindle their childhood’s imagination and interests.

In the ballet, the infant Princess Aurora is christened with all the royal guests and fairies in attendance—except for the dark fairy Carabosse. She storms into the castle, furious at the royal family for not inviting her. In her spite, she marks Princess Aurora with an untimely death—that is, until the good Lilac Fairy steps in to soften the curse. “Yes, she will grow up and prick in finger on a spindle,” she mimes gently, “But instead, she will fall into a long, deep sleep and will be awakened by the kiss of true love.”

Choreographed by classical ballet legend Marius Petipa to Peter Tchaikovsky’s music, The Sleeping Beauty will be performed by award-winning ballerina Katherine Trofeo as Princess Aurora and EJ Arisola as the Prince.

The ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, is considered the epitome of classical ballet. Ballet Philippines’ production stays with the tradition, but promises to make the staging fresh and updated. The storytelling will be made more brisk and there will be some tweaks in character interpretation.

Ballet Philippines’ dancers are all in agreement that this ballet is challenging, while balletomanes look forward to celebrating the best of classical ballet.

For ballet first-timers, The Sleeping Beauty is the best way to get their feet wet in the magical world of ballet. Familiar because of the cartoon and its music, but new in its storytelling language and interpretation, audiences are bound to delight in this rare, royal feast.

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