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The fairy-tale escape - Unforgettable 'Sleeping Beauty' Ballet thrills

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 2:00 AMKimberly Goodall
Members of One Body One God (OBOG) Dance Ministry. From left: Judene Edwards, Sherona Wright and Charissa Allwood.
From left: Caribbean Manager of Royal Academy of Dance Diane Bernard, Carolyn Chin-Yee and her daughter, Samantha out to enjoy the Australilian Ballets' 2015 encore season.
Deborah Motta (second right) shares a photo op with her son Timothy and daughters Stephanie (second left) and Sophie.
High Commissioner of Australia John Pilbeam cozies up to his wife, Yvonne Webber.
Director of Cultural Policy at the Ministry of Culture, Marisa Benain, is the embodiment of dark and lovely.
The lovely duo of Janette Robinson (left) and Cathrine Kennedy are all smiles.
Shirley Williams (center), flanked by her friends Heather Williams (left) and Yvonne Ray.
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Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ballet lovers showed up at Palace Cineplex in Sovereign Centre last Sunday morning to enjoy the captivating encore production of Sleeping Beauty by the Australian Ballet Company.

In photo: From left: Caribbean Manager of Royal Academy of Dance Diane Bernard, Carolyn Chin-Yee and her daughter, Samantha out to enjoy the Australilian Ballets' 2015 encore season. -Darien Robertson.

The breathtaking production that was originally created in 1890 has been in the Australian Ballet Company's repertoire for a very long time. In an attempt to rethink and re-present the 19th-century classic for a 21st-century audience, the company created a ballet of awe-inspiring romance and wonder.

In photo: High Commissioner of Australia John Pilbeam cozies up to his wife, Yvonne Webber. -Darien Robertson

Excited guests mingled over hors d'oeuvres and shared their mutual interest in the art form, before a brief address by Australian High Commissioner to the Caribbean John Pilbeam.

In welcoming guests, Pilbeam expressed his appreciation for dance in Australia and the Caribbean.

"Dance is an important part of all cultures. Ballet has European roots, but has influenced and been influenced by dancers from around the world, including in Australia and the Caribbean, and has incorporated aspects of all our cultures as it evolves," he noted.

In photo:The lovely duo of Janette Robinson (left) and Cathrine Kennedy are all smiles.-Darien Robertson.

SPELLBOUND

After the curtain went up, the audience was spellbound as David McAllister's spectacular production unfolded like a rose, drawing each guest into a magical escape.

In photo: Director of Cultural Policy at the Ministry of Culture, Marisa Benain, is the embodiment of dark and lovely.-Darien Robertson

With numerous applause and oohs and ahhs, the two-hour production cast a spell on the audience, all the way to a true love's kiss. From the incredible set design to the stunning costumes and choreography, the production of the remounted 2015 Sleeping Beauty was nothing short of unforgettable.

kimberly.goodall@gleanerjm.com