New York City
Sleeping Beauty has captivated and enchanted audiences since its premiere as a ballet in St. Petersburg in 1890. But Princess Aurora and Prince Desire are not en pointe in Sleeping Beauty on Ice, they are en blade-gliding across the stage of the Bluma Appel Theatre, which will undergo a chilling makeover and emerge an ice rink.
Founded 40 years ago and steeped heavily in the traditions of Russian classic ballet, the St. Petersburg State Ballet On Ice is the pioneer producer of ice ballets.
Performing to the Kirov Orchestra’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, the award-winning cast of 35 ice skaters-The Russian Stars-soar through the ballet-inspired choreography. Less fettered by gravity than traditional ballet dancers, ice dancers literally become airborne to perform dazzling twists and turns. Sleeping Beauty on Ice also pays homage to the original ballet with elaborate sets, costumes and lighting.