Russia's Imperial Ice Stars presented their touring production of Sleeping Beauty on Ice. I found a most stunning production with the most graceful cast of skaters/dancers. In addition to top-notch routines set to Tchaikovsky's sweeping music, this production went beyond the expected ballet performance on skates to include fiery pyrotechnics and aerial acrobatics with dancers swung from wires or grabbing on pieces of cloth. At one point the dancer playing Princess Aurora (Olga Sharutenko) even traded in her skates for a pair of pointe shoes and danced the entire scene on her tippy-toes - ON ICE! Playing the maniacal villians, Alexandr Kazakov and Maria Mukhortova stole the show with their campy theatrics, as did Yahor Maistrou in his energetic routines as the butler Carabosse. A superbly energetic encore closed the show.
Tickets are available at SISTIC, do catch it before its run finishes on 27 September!