HAYS, KS -- The St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice will perform Sleeping Beauty at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the Fort Hays State University campus. The performance is sponsored by the FHSU Special Events Committee.
Tickets for the performance are on sale now at the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union. Prices are $22 for the general public, $20 for senior citizens and youth (under age 18), and $15 for FHSU students. To order, please call (785) 628-5306.
For the performance, the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center will be transformed, literally overnight, into a professional ice rink. The ice will be put down directly on the stage and maintained with portable refrigeration equipment throughout the company's engagement.
Sleeping Beauty on ice has been called one of the most visually stunning productions of the Russian classic. Its 1995 American debut featured all-new choreography for the theatrical stage by Konstantin Rassadin, a Merited Artist of Russia. Rassadin was a principal soloist for the Mariinsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet in St. Petersburg (formerly the Kirov Theatre) for 23 years. He has studied and worked with many of Russia's premier performers, including Rudolf Nureyev, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Natalia Dudinskaya.
The American production of Sleeping Beauty was also fully re-staged and re-costumed for its 1995 debut, and in 1997 an entirely new opera-house style set was designed for the company. Sleeping Beauty is set to Tchaikovsky's musical score of the same name.
The St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice made its debut performance in 1967, creating a new genre by combining classical ballet with the sport of figure skating. The company, which currently comprises 34 skaters, trains and rehearses in St. Petersburg, Russia. Since 1967 the company has performed more than 5,000 times in the Soviet Union, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Belgium, South Korea and the United Kingdom. The FHSU performance is part of the ballet's six-month North American tour, which ends in April.