sleeping beauty performance

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GCCB students and gusts artists will be performing divertissements from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty ballet, choreographed by the Conservatory’s performance director Ms. Liudmila Polonskaya. The performances will take place on June 16th at the PepsiCo Theatre at SUNY Purchase. The cast will include dancers ages 4-18 & special guest dancers. Tickets may be purchased on this website and are not available at the performance venue. Ticketing terms and seating information is available on the ticketing website - see "To Buy Tickets..” link below.

PERFORMANCE DATE: Sunday, June 16th

Times: 2PM & 4:00PM

Location: PepsiCo Theatre

SUNY Purchase Performing Arts Center

735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY 10577


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History of Sleeping Beauty

The Sleeping Beauty was the first collaboration of Petipa and the great Russian composer, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Although Tchaikovsky’s first ballet Swan Lake had not been the success he had hoped for, it did not end his composition of ballets. Despite the failure of Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky did not hesitate to accept the commission in 1886 by the Director of the Imperial Theatres, Ivan Vsevolozhsky about a possible ballet adaptation of the story Undine. However, by 1888, the idea of composing Undine was abandoned and Vsevolozhsky decided instead that the Charles Perrault fairy tale La Belle au bois dormant (Sleeping Beauty) would be the story for which Tchaikovsky would compose the music, an idea with which Tchaikovsky was fully on board.

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To Buy Tickets…

Tickets are available for purchase beginning April 10th and are only purchasable through the GCCB website. Three ticketing tiers are available: premium, general and student admissions. Details and information are via the link below.

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Meet the Cast…Featured Artist

This week’s featured artist is our performance director, Liudmila Polonskaya. Ms. Polosnskaya directed GCCB’s 12/18 Nutcracker and has extensive stage and teaching experience. She received her ballet training at the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St.Petersburg from age 10 and completed full academic and ballet education. After dancing in St. Petersburg, Russia and around the world, she went back to the Vaganova to pursue her masters degree in Ballet Pedagogy from the Vaganova Academy with a diploma of Choreographer and Teacher of Classical Ballet, Character and Historical Dance in 1995.. She was then hired by the Vaganova Academy and taught classical ballet at Vaganova from 1995-2001. Since moving to the U.S., she has taught at Brighton Ballet Theatre, Gelsey Kirkland Academy, Joffrey Ballet. Her students have gone on to dance professionally at the Royal Ballet (London), American Ballet Theatre (NY) and leading ballet companies around the world. Her students have also been awarded important prizes and scholarships in national and international competitions such as the Grand Prix de Lausanne and the Youth American Grand Prix.