Friday, January 8, 2016

Once Upon a Dream: Sleeping Beauty by the Moscow Festival Ballet (Sponsored Post)

This post has been sponsored by Omaha Performing Arts. I received tickets for the ballet in return for helping them advertise.

When my sister and I were little, her favorite movie was Sleeping Beauty. I couldn't tell you why, but she was enamored of this thing. She would come home from preschool or kindergarten, we'd watch it, we'd go up to our room to act it out (guess who was always Aurora? I'll give you a hint. It was never me. *grumbles*).

Did you know that Disney used the same music originally composed by Tchaikovsky for Sleeping Beauty as a ballet? I think it's the only time they've ever done this (Fantasia doesn't count), and it really makes the movie, if you ask me. That's why I was so excited to find that the Moscow Ballet is going to be in Omaha this month to perform Sleeping Beauty at the Orpheum Theater! And we know how much I love the Orpheum Theatre.

A cherished ballet featuring fairytale princesses and malevolent witches in a storybook kingdom will be performed one-night-only at the Orpheum Theater. Omaha Performing Arts presents The Sleeping Beauty featuring the Moscow Festival Ballet on Saturday, January 23 at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. The performance is sponsored by Bank of the West.

The Sleeping Beauty is part of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s glorious repertoire of storybook ballets, which includes The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. The Sleeping Beauty is a cherished ballet that transports audiences to a kingdom of fairytale princesses, malevolent witches, and a true love’s kiss. One of the most renowned ballets in the classical repertoire, the Moscow Festival Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty is enjoyable for all ages.

Founded in 1989 by legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko, the company brings together elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies. Russian dancers under Radchenko’s direction have staged new productions of timeless classics including Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita andCarmen, as well as commissioned new works. Their last performance in Omaha was Swan Lake in April 2014. 

Tickets start at $20 and are available through Ticket Omaha* at 402.345.0606, or the Ticket Omaha office inside the Holland Performing Arts Center at 13th and Douglas streets.

I'm beyond excited to see this performance. I haven't been to a real ballet since I was ten and performed at The Rose Theatre in their first dance program. I took jazz and tap and performed in Broadway Town. Afterward, the ballet school performed A Midsummer Night's Dream, which was my first Shakespeare. 

It's so great that Omaha is this bustling hub of artistic expression. When I went to college, I had to go to St. Louis or Kansas City for this level of performance. 
I was provided tickets from my friends at Omaha Performing Arts in exchange for this blog

  • Do you have a favorite ballet?
  • What's your favorite Fairy Tale?


  1. I love ballet!! I've seen sleeping beauty and the Nutcracker. We have always had pretty decent seats, but next time I go I want to be right up front.

    1. I haven't seen a real ballet since I was ten. I'm so excited!

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