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‘Sleeping Beauty’ ballet opens in theaters this week

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From the Paris Opera Ballet, comes Rudolph Nuryev's "Sleeping Beauty," captured live and broadcast in stunning HD at Sutton Cinemas.

This event kicks off a series of classical ballets distributed exclusively to movie theaters this year. Sleeping Beauty will show at Sutton Cinemas at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and again at 10 a.m. April 12.

First performed in 1890 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Sleeping Beauty combined the talents of choreographer Marius Petipa and composer Tchaikovsky. Inspired by Charles Perrault's tale, they imagined a "fairy-tale ballet" in which dream and reality overlap and where fairies and godmothers, and the forces of Good and Evil fight over the fate of two young people. It was not until 1989 that Rudolf Nureyev restaged the work based on the original choreography for the Paris Opera Ballet. Readopting the original order and structure of the piece, passed on by generations of dancers, he devised a choreography of dazzling academic virtuosity, alternating between lavish ensembles and pas de deux. The sets and costumes by Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino recreate the splendor of one of the most outstandingly accomplished masterpieces in the classical repertoire, according to biographical information on the ballet.

The Ballet in HD Series will continue at Sutton Cinemas in May with a reinterpretation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy renamed Juliet and Romeo by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek, performed by the Royal Swedish Ballet. In reversing the title, Ek hoped to reveal the truth of the play from a different angle, revealing the fated love of Julia for her Romeo. Using the music of Tchaikovsky, rather than Prokofiev, Ek's ballet is a return to the story's source, an exploration of the conflict of unprotected love versus established violence. Juliet and Romeo will play at Sutton Cinemas May 13 and 14.

Tickets for Ballet in HD are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and children. Advanced tickets are available at Sutton Cinemas box office or at http://www.sierratheaters.com.

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