Sleeping Beauty

When Princess Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle and falls asleep, her godmother, the Lilac Fairy, arranges for her dreams to be full of other fairy-tale characters, to beguile her as she waits for a prince to wake her with a kiss. In Sleeping Beauty, choreographer Marius Petipa arranges for those characters to appear in the final act, to entertain us as well as Aurora during her wedding celebration. They perform a collection of solos, duets, and little ensembles that are as close to a compendium of classical style as we can find. These miniature essays on virtuosity are a notorious test of a ballet company’s skills, and Pacific Northwest Ballet performs them with élan and expertise. SANDRA KURTZ

Thursdays, Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 14, 1 p.m. Starts: Feb. 4. Continues through Feb. 14, 2010

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