When attending a beautiful ballet performance, it's easy to (unintentionally) ignore everything that's happening above the pointe shoe ribbons. The quickness, grace and strength of steps provide a mesmerizing and fascinating experience — for dancers in the audience and non-dancers alike. But we must remember that the footwork only makes up a portion of the performance! With Saint Louis Ballet's upcoming production of The Sleeping Beauty, we challenge you to carefully watch how that grace and ease is extended to each and every body part, from the knees to the elbows, and from the shoulder blades to every last fingertip. Each movement, controlled and measured, factors into the presentation, and Tchaikovsky's score offers a lovely complement to all of that hard work. For this production of the familiar tale, Saint Louis Ballet artistic director Gen Horiuchi's choreography tells the story of Princess Aurora, her long, cursed sleep and the true love that brings her around to everlasting happiness. The ballet is performed at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (June 26 and 27) at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus (1 University Drive at Natural Bridge Road). The opening show is preceded by a Sleeping Beauty Tea Party for children at 12:30 p.m. Tickets to the party cost $28 to $38 (at 636-537-1998 or www.stlouisballet.org), and tickets to all concerts cost $15 to $47 (at 314-516-4949 or www.touhill.org).
Sat., June 26; Sun., June 27, 2010