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Friday, June 2, 2017 • 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 • 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

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Ballet Conservatory of Asheville performs ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ Featuring principal dancer Lamin Pereira dos Santos from Kansas City Ballet as Prince Desire, Blair Chamberlain and Darcey Lynn performing alternately the role of Aurora, Mark Gieringer from Ballet Hispaninco, NYC as Catalabutte and the Ballet Conservatory’s celebrated pre-professional ballet company. A beautiful production of this classic ballet, Choreography after Marius Petipa and Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky.

The Christening
The King and Queen have invited all the Fairies of the land to the christening of their daughter, the Princess Aurora. Each fairy presents her gift to the newborn Princess, when suddenly the proceedings are interrupted by Carabosse, Fairy of Jealousy. She is in a rage because the court’s Major Domo, Catalabutte, has neglected to invite her. Carabosse casts an evil spell on Aurora. One day, when she least suspects it, the Princess will prick her finger on a spindle and die. The entire court is in despair until the Lilac Fairy, Fairy of Wisdom, steps forward to bestow her gift. Although she cannot counteract Carabosse’s curse, she can mollify it. Instead of dying, Aurora will fall into a deep sleep from which she can only be awakened the by the kiss of true love.

The Spell
It is Princess Aurora’s sixteenth birthday and as young subjects of the kingdom arrive with garlands and tokens of appreciation five old crones (Gossips) are busy spinning and knitting a gift. Catalabutte interrupt the festivities and arrest the women.

There is a old ban on spinning on penalty of death, but when the King and Queen arrive the King pardons the old women. Princes from the four corners of the earth come to win Aurora’s hand in marriage and the young princess revels in the adulation of the handsome bachelors. From out the crowd one of the old crones approaches Aurora and presents her with a bouquet of roses. Enraptured, Aurora dances joyously until she suddenly pricks her finger on a spindle that has been concealed in the bouquet. Everyone is aghast as Aurora falls lifeless . The hag reveals herself as Carabosse and disappears in triumph. The Lilac Fairy appears and casts her spell of sleep over the princess and the court. She enshrouds the Palace in a forest until the promised awakening.


The Vision
It is a hundred years later and Prince Desire is leading a hunting party through the woods. The prince dismisses the hunting party and meditates on his longing for an ideal love. The Lilac Fairy appears and shows him a vision of Princess Aurora. Enraptured, he begs the Fairy to lead him to this beautiful vision and together they travel through the wood until they reach the hidden castle. Carabosse has been jealously guarding the castle and attempt to stop the prince but her evil magic is overpowered by the wisdom of The Lilac Fairy. Desire awakens the Princess Aurora with a kiss, breaking the spell and causing the defeated Carabosse to vanish.

The Wedding
Fairy-tale characters have come to celebrate the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Desire. Aurora’s parents, the guests, and the entire court, joined by the fairies of Kindness, Joy, Beauty, and Temperament pay their respects to the bride and bridegroom as the Lilac Fairy blesses the marriage with wisdom and truth.

It has been a wonderful year at the Ballet Conservatory.  Nadia Iozzo joined the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville’s permanent faculty, as Ballet Mistress this past Fall, anchoring the pre-professional program and teaming to choreograph their popular performances, including ‘Nutcracker’, ‘Winter Works’ and now ‘The Sleeping Beauty’.

Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Nadia received the prestigious RAD Solo Seal Award before moving on to spend four years at Alberta Ballet, after which, she joined Kansas City Ballet for seven years. While at KCB she performed a summer season with Nick Kepley’s dance company, Motion, and fell in love with Asheville.  It is exciting to have Nick Kepley join us from New York for this Winter Works session as guest choreographer.

Also joining Ballet Conservatory’s pre-professional faculty is Gavin Larsen. Gavin, a native New Yorker, received her dance training at the School of American Ballet, the New York School of Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet School.  She began dancing professionally at age 17 with Pacific Northwest Ballet and went on to perform with the Alberta Ballet, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and as a guest artist with Ballet Victoria.  In 2010, Ms. Larsen retired from full-time performing to focus on a career as a teacher. She has taught for Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Portland Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, to name a few. Her writings on dance have been published by Dance Magazine, Pointe, Dance Teacher, Dance Spirit, Dance/USA’s journal In the Green Room, and the literary journal The Threepenny Review.

The Ballet Conservatory offers a world-class summer intensive and is proud to provide their students with the best daily training and guidance, and also committed to connect them with world-class professionals to help prepare them for the challenging demands of a dance career.  Our Master Class series has included Daniel Ulbricht (NYC Ballet principal), Karen Averty (Paris Opera Ballet Principal/ San Francisco Ballet Principal), John Selya (ABT/ Twyla Tharp dancers) and many others.

Adults $26 Orchestra, $20 Balcony
Seniors (65+) $20 Orchestra, $15 Balcony
Student $15 Orchestra, $12 Balcony
Child (12 & under) $15 Orchestra, $12 Balcony

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