An absolute must. The Mariinsky Theatre’s magnificent restoration of the original 1890 production of The Sleeping Beauty, unveiled in 1999, was a world event in classical dance. Clocking in at four hours, with three intermissions, it’s a magical mystery tour through Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s ballet-féerie. Sergei Vikharev restored Petipa’s choreographic text using notation from the Harvard Theatre Collection. The original costumes, designed by Ivan Vsevolozhsky—who was the force behind that first Beauty—are intoxicating. —L.J.
Mariinsky Ballet Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000 Get Directions »