DANCE: EVENT OF THE WEEK

The Sleeping Beauty Tue to 18 Dec Edinburgh Festival Theatre
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Petipa's grandest choreography combines with magnificent ballet music by Tchaikovsky (above) in The Sleeping Beauty, which arrives in Edinburgh courtesy of the Latvian National Ballet.

There has been dance in Riga, the Latvian capital, since the 19th century and standards rose further in the 1920s when producers came from the St Petersburg Maryinsky Theatre. The ballet school which was started in Riga soon after that has trained some of the most celebrated male dancers of recent years: Maris Liepa, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Alexander Godunov. How the present company lives up to that remains to be seen, but the chance of seeing them is well worth seizing.

Edinburgh Festival Theatre (0131-529 6000) Tue until 18 Dec at 7.30pm, matinees Thur 2pm, Sat 2.30pm

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