Reviews of the Boston Ballet in "The Sleeping Beauty."The Boston Globe
But in this production, the magic extends further. It uses Ninette de Valois’s staging from 1977 of Marius Petipa’s original choreography — which premiered in Russia in 1890 — with additional choreography by Frederick Ashton, and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s glorious, melodic score. In so doing, Boston Ballet’s “Beauty” embodies the transformative power of art itself: the ballet awakens us to how music truly matched with dancing — from pristine solos to group manipulations that etch architectural wonders in the air — can create illusions that imprint in our minds and make our hearts soar.
Of course, the focus is on the ballerina cast as Aurora, to watch her emerge from a teen-ager discovering the love of Prince Desiree after 100 years have passed. At opening night, Misa Kuranaga, was as perfect a Princess as one could imagine. In the legendary balances of the “Rose” adagio at her 16th birthday party, she was rock-steady on her pointes – a tiny girl on the cusp of womanhood, in contrast to the four tall and handsome Princes who came to woo her. Braintree’s Sabi Varga portrayed the French Prince, who was also her chief partner in Act I.