Published by Idan Ma'at @ 23/05/2019

The legendary and world-renowned ballet troupe, St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet has come to an agreement with Malaysia’s The Dance Company (TDC) to jointly organize the Asian World Premiere for the classic, original title “The Sleeping Beauty”. Following a successful performance for ‘Swan Lake’ by Ballet West last year, TDC brings ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ by the world-renowned St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet with a full team of 33 Russian ballet dancers to showcase their talent in executing the technically challenging choreography. This will be St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet first ever performance in Malaysia and it will also be the first The Sleeping Beauty performance in Asia.

The exchange of agreement was witnessed by YTM Tunku Mu’Tamir, Royalty of Negeri Sembilan Royal Household, YBhg Datin Paulene Tunku Mu’Tamir, Royalty of Negeri Sembilan Royal Household, Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim, Chairman Sutra Foundation, Puan Haniah Hassan, Penolong Pengarah Perancangan & Dasar JKKN, friends and members of the media.

The Sleeping Beauty in Malaysia continues the long and great tradition of Russian classical ballet from what most would consider of being the Russian ballet’s golden age and will be performed in its most original choreography. The company tours 250 sold-out performances annually, in over 130 cities including those of Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, China and the United States of America (USA).

Audrey Kwan, President of the Dance Artistry International, said “The Sleeping Beauty first premiered in St Petersburg in 1890. 129 years later, we are truly humbled that the legendary St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet will bring a classic from their home to perform ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ for the first time in Asia.” The Sleeping Beauty is a real masterpiece of the Russian Ballet that was choreographed by the famous legend Marius Petipa which ballet critics consider the ballet as the “encyclopedia of classical dance.” The music composition, which was nothing short of a wonder, was done by the famous Russian composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture said “I believe productions such as The Sleeping Beauty by the St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet jointly organized by Malaysia’s The Dance Company enables our countries to build stronger ties with each other through the culture exchange. I am proud to witness the heritage of the Russian ballet shared to Asia through the Asian World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.”

The Sleeping Beauty show will take place on the 11th & 12th October 2019 at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The tickets are available at TicketCharge. The Official Venue is Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre while the Official Hotel is Alila Bangsar.