Exactly one hundred years ago, a riot broke out among the Parisian sophisticates attending the premiere performance by the Ballets Russes of Le Sacre du printemps, otherwise known as The Rite of Spring..
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with its soaring concrete and glass structure, chandeliers and 24-karat gold-leaf ceiling, served as the centerpiece of what was to become the L.A. Music Center. Today, it stands like an aging and neglected dowager.
Performed by ABT or not, Sleeping Beauty makes no pretense toward something new or innovative. It is a classic story ballet now more loved by audiences filled with first-timers and little boys and girls dreaming of their own days on stage.