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Win tickets to The Sleeping Beauty at the NAC

By Taylor Boileau on March 2, 2016

Apt613 has two tickets to the Saturday night (March 5) performance of The Sleeping Beauty to give away. To enter, send an email to with the subject header “Fairy Tale”. We’ll pick a winner by random draw at 9am on Friday, March 4. Good Luck!

Photo by Gordon Wong.

Photo by Gordon Wong.

The Hong Kong Ballet Company’s Mixed Rep was an incredible exhibition that stirred up some hard core anticipation to see their upcoming performance of The Sleeping Beauty. On Tuesday the NAC hosted the Hong Kong Ballet for their first of 4 performances on the Southam Hall stage. Although the company will be touring Canada, the Mixed Rep was an NAC exclusive, including three contemporary choreographies: Dancing with the Wind, Castrati, and In Light and Shadow.

Dancing with the Wind demonstrated the grace and beauty of the female dancers intertwining the “Western art form of ballet with music, costume and aesthetic that [were] unmistakably Chinese.” While Castrati offered a much more intense and powerful performance by the men who danced to a gothic blend of Vivaldi and Kari Jenkin. Finally the whole company came together to perform In Light and Shadow, including Jessica Borrows, the infamous Ontarian amongst the company. Read more about her in this feature from the Ottawa Citizen. The performance was exquisite and leaves me itching to see the mystical fairytale, The Sleeping Beauty, later this week.

The Sleeping Beauty tells the story of the “malevolent fairy Carabosse who casts a spell on the realm’s beloved Princess Aurora, cursing her to die on her 16th birthday. The good Lilac Fairy comes to the rescue…she cannot counteract the curse but instead she modifies it, putting the Princess and the rest of the kingdom into a deep sleep. One hundred years later, Prince Désiré passes through the dark forest with his friends. The Lilac Fairy meets the Prince and together they set out to break Carabosse’s wicked spell. In time-honoured fashion, good triumphs over evil and the Prince and Princess live happily ever after.”

The Sleeping Beauty is on at the National Arts Centre from March 3-5, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets range from $54 to $109 for adults and $25 to $56.50 for students and can be purchased here