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Our 23nd Season of Performances

Classical Ballet awakens Sleeping Beauty in season finale

Nearly everyone is familiar with the story of The Sleeping Beauty, about a beautiful princess who is put under a spell that makes her sleep for a century until she’s awakened by the kiss of a prince.

But never is it so wonderful told as in the 1890 ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The Columbia Classical Ballet will bring this beautiful ballet fairy tale to stage for one performance only Friday, Feb. 28 at the Koger Center in Columbia.
The evil fairy Caraboose casts a spell that will kill Princess Aurora on her 16th birthday, but the good Lilac Fairy intervenes and alters the curse so the princess will not die, but only sleep until the spell is broken by a prince. The magical story –which is as much about good vs. evil as true love - is filled with beautiful dances.

The role of the princesses will be danced by Sehyun Jin, who danced with Milwaukee Ballet II and won the bronze medal at the Korea International Ballet Competition; the prince by Kota Fujishima, silver medalist at the Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition in 2013; and the Lilac Fairy by Hana Oh, formerly with the Korea National Ballet.

In the very first productions in Russia, Carabosse was performed by a man and since then the role has gone to both men and women. In this staging Carabosse will be performed by Zoltan Boros, who has taken on many character roles recently including as Gamache, the silly nobleman in Don Quixote.

This production will feature elaborate sets and costumes by the company that produced sets and costumes for the Classical Ballet production of Le Corsair last season.

Anyone who loves the ballet and a great, magical story will be mesmerized by The Sleeping Beauty,” said Artistic Director Radenko Pavlovich.
“It is one of the most important and impressive creations in ballet.”

The Sleeping Beauty
takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the Koger Center for the Arts. Tickets are $6 - $33 and available by calling (803) 251-2222 or going to