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Sleeping Beauty 

When: May 17-20 2018
Price: $33-$92

In fairy tales, the names tell you something. In the ancient story, adapted in the 1890s by Tchaikovsky and choreographed by Maurice Petipa for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg, the sleeping beauty is named Aurora. The rescuing prince is Désiré. But before that dawning of desire, there are the others, including King Florestan (the flowering) and the fairies whose blessings, through they are valuable, cannot save Aurora's life: Candide, for grace; Coulante Fleur de Farine, for flowing beauty; Miettes qui tombent, or scattered bread, for generosity; Canari qui chante, the singing canary, for musicality; and Violente, or force, for strong will. The evil fairy godmother? Carabosse, a disfigured face. The one who saves the princess and the kingdom is Fee des Lilas, the lilac fairy. In this 2008 version for Carolina Ballet, choreographer Robert Weiss adds two characters: Carabosse's companion, the Raven, and a stage-length Dragon, a puppet animated by multiple dancers, that the Prince must defeat before he can bestow the reviving kiss. —Byron Woods

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