A spindle, a curse, a wicked fairy and a shedload of wigs? Sounds like a typical Friday night to us. Throw in some tutus and you've got yourself a party. Especially if you're a fan of the ballet, which will be expertly pirouetting into Dubai Opera on 26 and 27 of April in the enchanting form of The Sleeping Beauty.
Danced to life by the National Ballet of Ukraine, celebrating its rather impressive 150th birthday this year, and accompanied by a full live symphony orchestra, Tchaikovsky's magical masterpiece has asserted itself as nothing short of a cultural rite of passage since it was first performed St. Petersburg in 1890.
Famed not only for its choreography - think a blend of classical techniques and traditional Russian ballet movements such as en pointe, where the dancers appear to be floating over the stage - The Sleeping Beauty has captured our fashion-girl hearts for one other reason. The costumes. After all, what's the ballet without some sartorial extravagance to ooh and ahh at? The 18th century-style costumes, gowns and wigs are the cherry on top of this pretty opulent musical confection, and something that will never fail to get us excited.
Dubai Opera’s Chief Executive, Jasper Hope, explained, "Sleeping Beauty is a classic ballet, perfect for the entire family and anyone longing to be mesmerised by a fantastic and beautiful production of this ever-popular fairy tale." That's all of us, then.
- Tickets start from Dhs250. Special 50 per cent discount for children below the age of 12; first price ticket for children Dhs125. Visit dubaiopera.com for more information and to book