Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet “Sleeping Beauty” will be brought to life today and Saturday by performers from Laramie’s Dance Studio B.
Drawing from the original 1890 ballet, Disney’s 1959 animated adaptation and modern dance genres, Director Brianna Boyle said audience members can expect to see twists on the classic tale such as a hip-hop dragon and interpretive dream sequences.
“Personally, that’s my favorite part of the whole show,” Boyle said of the 100-year sleep scene. “We have dancers all in white and blindfolded, and it’s kind of a play with choreography as far as timing goes.”
In preparation for this original interpretation, Boyle and her performers dug into the history of dance, researching era-appropriate costumes and recreating them for the performance.
“Most of the costumes are handmade, especially with the lead characters,” she said.
Boyle even researched labanotation, an old style of recording and analyzing human movement with shapes signifying the direction, duration and intensity of every motion. Labanotation is sometimes used to choreograph dances.
“It’s like a whole new language,” she said. “So, we spent a lot of time decoding the original choreography of the 1890’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and that has also played a part in the choreography of our production.”
Sarah Gange, who will play the parts of the lead fairy and of Puss-In-Boots, helped with the research.
“We spent some time studying the choreography and finding elements to incorporate into our own choreography — which actually, we found, was pretty similar,” Gange said. “We are able to stay pretty close to the spirit of the original pieces in the ballet.”
The performance enlists the talents of 250 dancers, representing every age — a few of whom have been with Dance Studio B since its inception three years ago.
“They are able to dance not just ballet, but they can do tap and they can do jazz and they can do hip-hop,” Boyle said. “And they do everything well. They have immense talent in every genre of dance.”
The dancers have been practicing since January.
“We spent a lot of time working on it,” Gange said. “We put in a lot of hard work.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St.
Tickets can be purchased at www.gryphontheatre.org for $10 or at the door for $15.
Call the Gryphon Theatre Box Office at 745-8000 for more information.