The original Sleeping Beauty was a dark tale. Written in the early 17th century by Neapolitan folklorist Giambattista Basile as Sun, Moon and Talia, it's a story of rape bordering on necrophilia, treachery, attempted murder and a cannibalistic plot.
Thank the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney for the Sleeping Beauty we all know and love, and thank Ballet Idaho for bringing the iconic fairy tale to the Morrison Center on Friday, April 8-Saturday, April 9.
This decidedly family friendly version is set amid 18th century courtly dances, ornate costumes and set to the music of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Choreographed by Peter Anastos, this Sleeping Beauty will be dreamy, rather than nightmarish. Just like we like it.