The Classic Fairytale: Sleeping Beauty
The exhibit was displayed in the fine Georgian style Corbit-Sharp house, circa 1774. In William Corbit’s time, his house was referred to as “Castle William” which makes an ideal transformation into Sleeping Beauty’s Castle for the Christmas exhibit. Most would be familiar with the ballet’s music composed by the Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1890; and the fairy tale written in 1697 by the Frenchman Charles Perrault; which was later interpreted by the Brothers Grimm in 1804.
Sleeping Beauty for the Christmas Season
The ballet was first performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1890. Perrault provided an ideal story for adaptation for the Christmas season. Those who visited the exhibit were pleasantly surprised to see twenty beautiful costumes on loan from the First State Ballet Theater’s production of Sleeping Beauty. The Historic Odessa Foundation was honored to display the costumes which surely enhanced the interpretation.