A Christmas treat for ballet-lovers – and in the wake of the recent court case convicting the attackers of director Sergei Filin, a welcome chance to be reminded of the on-stage presence of one of the world’s great ballet companies.  Oxford’s Phoenix Picturehouse will be retransmitting a 2011 performance by the Bolshoi Ballet of the  The Sleeping Beauty.

Cursed at birth by the evil fairy Carabosse, Princess Aurora descends into a deep slumber on the day of her 16th birthday. Only the kiss of a prince will awaken her.  Based on Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale, The Sleeping Beauty has been hugely successful since its premiere in 1890. Marius Petipa’s masterpiece set to Tchaikovsky’s majestic score is one of the most popular and accomplished choreographic works in the classical repertoire. This recent version by veteran choreographer Yuri Grigorovich will captivate fairy-tale lovers and the whole family during the Christmas season, and features two of the company’s top principal dancers.

Showing  Sunday 22nd November, 1.00pm

Phoenix Picturehouse, 57 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AE

Running time: 2 hrs 35 mins

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Original choreography: Marius Petipa

New version: Yuri Grigorovich

With Svetlana Zakharova (Princess Aurora), David Hallberg (Prince Desiré)

Recorded on 20 October 2011

To book online:  http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Phoenix_Picturehouse/film/Bolshoi_Sleeping_Beauty/

Box office:  0871 902 5736