'Sleeping Beauty' was simply tremendous

When it comes to fairy tale ballets, one of the most popular, maybe even the most, is “Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by Marius Petipa back in 1890 and set to a lush score by Tchaikovsky, widely considered his best endeavor for its sophistication and maturity.

While many declare “Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” to be superior, the fact remains that the “Sleeping Beauty” score is lovely, rich, elegant, and colorful in ways that are fully integrated into characterizations through theme and variation. Granted, as a “they lived happily ever after” story, it doesn’t tug at the emotions as does “Swan Lake.” But as a total package, its success is fully founded in music, movement and...