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February 10, 2012

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North Carolina Dance Theatre Performs World Premiere

Sleeping Beauty

March 8-11 & 16-18, 2012, at the Knight Theater

Featuring choreography by Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux after Marius Petipa

Sleeping Beauty is Part of Ulysses: Charlotte's New Spring Festival of the Arts

Charlotte, N.C. – Sleeping Beauty’s timeless tale of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince and the triumph of good over evil with a single kiss has delighted audiences for years. In March 2012 North Carolina Dance Theatre performs Sleeping Beauty for the first time.

NC Dance Theatre President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, who is known for creating spectacular classical ballets including Nutcracker, Cinderella and Peter Pan, is choreographing Dance Theatre’s production. “Sleeping Beauty is the essence of classical ballet, and I believe Charlotteans will enjoy the opulent sets and costumes of this spectacular performance,” said Bonnefoux.

The ballet was originally choreographed in 1890 by Marius Petipa, with music composed by Tchaikovsky. Bonnefoux plans to draw on his past experience to bring something special to his version of Sleeping Beauty. “I have a unique perspective on Petipa and Tchaikovsky because of my tenure as a principal dancer at Paris Opera Ballet and New York City Ballet,” said Bonnefoux.

Bonnefoux began rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty in mid-January and is being assisted by his wife and NC Dance Theatre’s associate artistic director, Patricia McBride. Bonnefoux and McBride performed Sleeping Beauty together in the late 1970s with The Tokyo Ballet. Bonnefoux also has fond memories of performing Rudolf Nureyev’s version of Sleeping Beauty in Milan, Italy, with acclaimed dancer Carla Fracci.

The three act ballet includes a cast of over 80 dancers. Dancers Alessandra Ball and Anna Gerberich will rotate in the role of Princess Aurora, with dancers Addul Manzano and Pete Walker sharing the role of Prince Florimund. Bonnefoux has invited several former dancers, including Kati Hanlon Mayo, Ben Kubie and Lance Hardin, to take part in the Court Scene. Dance Theatre is using sets and costumes from Ballet West.

Tickets to Sleeping Beauty start at $25 and can be purchased at 704.372.1000, ncdance.org and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box Office.

Sleeping Beauty is Part of Ulysses: Charlotte's New Spring Festival of the Arts

Sleeping Beauty is part of Ulysses: Charlotte's New Spring Festival of the Arts, a month-long, innovative addition to the rich Carolinas arts landscape. Born of a collaboration between the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina and NC Dance Theatre as well as regional cultural partners, Ulysses will unify and celebrate the arts community in an unprecedented fashion.

The theme for the inaugural 2012 festival — The Majesty of Russia and the Music of Tchaikovsky — fetes Russian culture and composer Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky through a myriad of artistic avenues, highlighted by the creative efforts of leading Charlotte arts organizations.
Subscribers and current ticket holders to performances and events in the Ulysses Festival receive 50% off when purchasing tickets to other festival events. A single ticket buyer purchasing tickets to two festival events receives a 35% discount off their entire ticket purchase. For more information visit charlottecultureguide.com/ulysses.

Mint Museum Partnership

Continuing the deepening spirit of collaboration across Charlotte’s arts scene, The Mint Museum and NC Dance Theatre are partnering to offer ticket buyers and Mint members special access to two fairytale-themed works.

Any ticket buyer who can show a stub or voucher to NC Dance Theatre’s run of Sleeping Beauty from March can receive free admission to the Mint on Saturday, March 10 or Saturday, March 17 (a $10 per person value), following the Mint’s opening of its new Fairytales, Fantasy, & Fear exhibition on March 3. Any member of The Mint Museum qualifies for a 25 percent discount on tickets to Sleeping Beauty.


Sleeping Beauty Details


Thursday, March 8, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 10, 2012, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 11, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Friday, March 16, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 18, 2012, at 2 p.m.


Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, N.C.


Tickets range from $25-$79;

Student Rush for High School and College students (with ID) $10

Purchase at 704.372.1000, ncdance.org or Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box Office (Belk Theater Lobby)

Groups of 10 or more receive discounts off the regular price of tickets.

Call 704.379.1380 to find out about group tickets.


2011-2012 North Carolina Dance Theatre season sponsorship is provided by Wells Fargo. Sleeping Beauty is sponsored by Carolinas Medical Center and McGuireWoods, with additional support by Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group, Polymer Group Inc. and North Highland.


North Carolina Dance Theatre is a Charlotte-based ballet company focused on performing, inspiring and educating through artistically excellent programming. Led by internationally acclaimed President and Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, NC Dance Theatre is known for its strong dancers and versatile repertoire, ranging from classical ballet to bold, contemporary works. In June 2010 NC Dance Theatre moved to the Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance in Uptown Charlotte. The Center houses the Company’s administrative offices, rehearsal space and School of Dance. For more information visit ncdance.org.

North Carolina Dance Theatre is supported, in part, with operating support by the Arts & Science Council. Dance Theatre is also supported by individuals, corporations, and local and national foundations, the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.