The Sleeping Beauty: A Journey to the Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre
The Sleeping Beauty takes the familiar tale beyond the popular Disney telling. Readers are introduced to eleven-year-old Lena Gabrielle, who desperately wants to attend the 1890 debut performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. When her father tells her the show is sold out, Lena Gabrielle embarks on a secret journey through the streets of the fabulous historic city. During the course of her travels, statues come alive. Amidst all the magic, she meets an endearing old man, named Tchaikovsky, who leads her to the door of the Mariinsky and shows her the stage where the ballet will be performed. When Lena Gabrielle touches the curtain, it parts, and she watches in awe as the ballet unfolds before her eyes—but is it really the performance? Or has Lena Gabrielle fallen far into her imagination?
The book features the forty-eight-page classic English translation of the French tale on which the ballet is based. With fifty full-color illustrations created expressly for this book, Russian set designer Nikita Polyansky has rendered a unique collectible and retells the original Sleeping Beauty story.
About the Author:
Nikita Polyansky was raised in Russia where he had his first dog, Crazy. "She was crazy—and fun and loving and full of adventure. I’ve been a dog lover ever since." He began his artistic studies at age eight and has been drawing and designing ever since—for Broadway shows and operas to Saks Fifth Avenue's famous Christmas window displays and illustrated its accompanying book, The Sleeping Beauty, (Glitterati, 2002) amusement park attraction in Japan. Nowadays, Polyansky works in entertainment and set design in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his family.
48 pages; 8 5/8 x 10 7/16"; hardcover; 40 4/c artworks
7 x 9"; 12 full-color cards/envelopes in clamshell keepsake box; 4 artworks