Public performances are scheduled for 7 p.m., April 13 and 2:30 p.m., April 14 at the Toy F. Reid auditorium at Eastman Chemical Co. in Kingsport. Tickets range from $10 to $20. A school performance is set for 10 a.m., April 12.
The ballet company was established in 1983 as the Kingsport Guild of Ballet by founder Karen Gibbons Brown. The current leadership purchased the company from Gibbons Brown in 1999, merged it with its sister performing company, State of Franklin Dance Alliance, and created the fully non-profit Kingsport Ballet.
“The Sleeping Beauty” was the first ballet to be staged by artistic director Valeria Sinyavskaya shortly after taking her post with Kingsport Ballet in 2002.
Sinyavskaya, who was a prima ballerina with the Novosibirsk Ballet and Opera in Russia, and who has comprehensive teaching and directing experience from around the world, came to East Tennessee from her post as master teacher with the International Ballet School in Tokyo, where she also staged “The Sleeping Beauty,” blending the work of professional performers and students from the school.
Kingsport Ballet’s production merges the work of dancers who come from throughout the Tri-Cities, Morristown and Knoxville to train with Sinyavskaya. Seven professional guest artists are hired to perform with the company.
“This ballet is a feast for the eyes and ears and provides great appeal to children, as they can relate to its recognizable Peter Tchaikovsky score,” Sinyavskya said.
Returning to the Kingsport Ballet stage as Princess Aurora is Reka Gyulai, originally from Hungary and currently a principal with Dance Alive in Florida, and her partner, Ramil Bagmanov. Vadim Burcui, originally from Moldova, will dance the role of Carabosse the wicked fairy, and Oleksii Kuznietsov, also with Dance Alive, will perform as one of the cavaliers.
Adriana Dew, a graduate of Kingsport Ballet and guest soloist with the company, will once again dance the role of Princess Florine. Performing Bluebird will be Sasha Vykrest with Columbia Classical Ballet, a frequent guest of Kingsport Ballet. Dew first performed the Bluebird pas de deux in 2002 while a student under Sinyavskaya.
Kingsport Ballet members, most of whom are 13 to 15 years of age and take ballet class six days a week, make up a large portion of the soloists in the production.
Tickets are available through Kingsport Ballet’s Facebook page, through its website at www.kingsportballet.org or by calling (423) 378-3967.
Kingsport Ballet is funded in part by the Tennessee Arts Commission, under an agreement with the National Endowment for the Arts and the General Assembly.
Kingsport Ballet will hold its second annual Ballet and Bubbly fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m., April 27 at Chateau Selah in Blountville.
Participants will enjoy a ballet performance en plein air while relaxing by the fire-pits and sampling gourmet fare. The evening will also feature a silent auction. Proceeds from the event will support Kingsport Ballet’s outreach programs.
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased on Kingsport Ballet’s website or by calling the office.