It was a thrill to be at the world premiere of American Ballet Theatre’s new production of “The Sleeping Beauty,” restored from historical documents by Alexei Ratmansky. It was a trip back in time, a glamorous pageant and loads of fun, and I reviewed it for Critical Dance.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA: March 3, 2015
American Ballet Theatre artistic director Kevin McKenzie said that he wanted to mark the company’s 75th anniversary season with an iconic new “The Sleeping Beauty”, and he meant it. ABT’s spectacular new production (its fourth since 1976) premiered on March 3 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, with Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in the lead roles—and the world hasn’t seen anything like it since 1890.