Russian National Ballet Theatre
San Rafael, CA
February 11, 2011
by Rita Felciano
Copyright © Rita Felciano, 2011
Jim Farley, who directs the Marin Center's cultural and performing arts series, explains that Russian ballet finds a big audience in his theater. Indeed, the 2,000 seat theater was just about sold out for the one night appearance of the Russian National Ballet Theatre's production of "Sleeping Beauty" for which no choreographic or directorial credit was given beyond Petipa. "Russian" and "story ballet" clearly have lost little of their popular appeal and not just among the Bay Area's large Russian community. What the enthusiastic audience received was a generally well danced, truncated and stripped down version of a beloved classic. Still several times my theater companion, who danced with the Marquis de Cuevas company and who was surely familiar with the exigencies of traveling and performing in constricted circumstances, couldn't help but shudder.